So, you’ve just thought of a brilliant idea for a new website and registered a great domain name. You already have a hosting account that allows multiple websites, and you want to configure your new domain as an add-on domain — a new website on an existing hosting account. You’ve come to the right place! Let’s walk through the steps.
My Web hosting experience is with HostGator. If you use a different hosting provider, there may be some differences in the steps needed to add a domain to your hosting account.
Note: This article assumes that you have already pointed your domain name to HostGator’s nameservers. This is something that must be done through your domain registrar, which I will cover in a future post. Until you point the DNS entries for your domain name to HostGator, you will not be able to access your website, even after following the steps in this article.
1. Log in to your HostGator Control Panel. The link to the Control Panel is included in the confirmation email from HostGator when you first start your account.
2. Scroll down to the “Domains” section and click “Addon Domains.”
3. Type the name of your new domain in the “New Domain Name” box, e.g. “mywebsite.com”.
4. Type and verify the password that you would like to use for the domain FTP account. In general, you will not need to use this password, as you can access the FTP directory for this domain by going through the FTP account for your primary domain.
5. Click the “Add Domain” button.
Your new domain is now added to your HostGator account. You are ready to install WordPress and begin creating your new website.