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When users ask if / how they can add another domain name to their web hosting account, we need to clarify quite a bit as this can be a very open-ended question. Click here to learn more about Dedicated Hosting.

The first thing we will cover is what must be in place before your website will work.

  1. Your domain name must be registered
  2. Your domain name must be pointing to our web servers
  3. Your domain name must either be set as your main domain name, or an addon / parked domain.

So, if you ask, "How can I add a domain name", we'll need to touch base on all three topics above (which we will do below).

1. Your domain name must be registered

Before any domain name will work, it must be registered. When you register a domain name, it is registered for one year, and you will need to renew it yearly in order to keep it.

You can check out our article on registering a new domain name for further information on the domain registration process.

You can register a new domain name for your account in your Account Management Panel (or AMP). For help logging into AMP click the link. 

Once you have logged into AMP, click on Domains under "Additional Services." A new screen will appear asking you for the following information:
Enter a Domain Name: Here you will put the domain you want to register. Once you type in a domain, click on Check availability to see if the domain's available. You will need to register a different domain if the one you chose isn't available.
Domain Registration: Choose the number of years you want to register the domain
Add Domain Privacy: For each new domain you register you can also purchase Domain Privacy.
Billing Information: If you want to use your billing information already on file, select it from the drop down. To pay using a different method, select Add New and enter the new billing details.
Payment Method: Here you can choose to use the credit card already in the system or a new card.
Terms of Service: You must agree to the Terms of Service to register a new domain. A link is provided with the Terms of Service.
 
Once you have put in all your information, click the Submit button. You have now registered your new domain!
 

2. Your domain name must be pointing to our web servers

After your domain name has been registered, it must be pointing to our servers. If you registered your domain name with us, then it is already pointing to us and you do not need to do anything further in this topic.
 
If your domain name is not pointed to us, the easiest thing to do so is to point your domain's nameservers to ours. The company that you registered your domain name through controls where your nameservers point, so you will need to contact them if you're not sure exactly how to update your nameservers. If you're coming to us from another host, then you may need to instead contact your previous hosting company as many do register domain names with a domain registrar on their users' behalf.
 
We have available video tutorials on the following page that will assist you with making nameserver changes at many of the more commonly used registrars:
http://support.inmotionhosting.com/userguides/dns_flash_guide.html
 
Our nameservers are:
ns.inmotionhosting.com
ns2.inmotionhosting.com
 

3. Your domain name must either be set as your main domain name, or an addon / parked domain

 If you only have one domain name, then it is your main domain name. When you use multiple domain names on one account, your secondary domain names are configured within your cPanel as either addon or parked domain names. Before you configure an addon or parked domain name, you must be sure that you have the available slots in your cPanel, as each hosting plan offered allows you to add a different number of addon and parked domains. To see how many you can add, simply log into your cPanel and look in the left menu for Addon Domains and Parked Domains.

Addon domains

An addon domain name allows you to host a website for a domain name that has nothing to do with your main domain name. If you needed to host more than one different website on your account, the additional domain names would need to be added as addon domain names.

Please note that when you create an Addon domain it also creates a subdomain as well on your account.

Subdomains

A subdomain name is like a "Domain within a Domain". For example, a subdomain name of inmotionhosting.com is support.inmotionhosting.com

Parked domains

A parked domain name allows you to have multiple domain names point to the same account - often used to send mydomain.com, mydomain.net, and mydomain.org to the same site.

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n/a Points
2014-04-09 8:58 am

Hi, I made a request to change the domain name from iwgclothes.com to iwgshopwebsite.com. 

Everything ok as far as the control panel, but after reinstalling prestashop and other applications by going to the new address I get the message out to the web page is not available. 

What should I do to re-enable the service again? 

 

thanks

Staff
11,186 Points
2014-04-09 9:34 am
It looks like the domain iwgshopwebsite.com is not yet registered. To use the domain, you will need to register a new domain.
n/a Points
2014-06-22 2:01 am

my website is www.melfoamacoustics.com I have changed the dns but still its not getting added in the cpanel. what should i do?

Staff
28,948 Points
2014-06-23 7:10 am
Hello Geoff,

I am currently seeing the name servers for that domain name pointed elsewhere. It does appeared to be registered by Register.com. You will need to make sure the information was changed there and if it has been longer than 24 hours you may want to contact them to see why it is not changing.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-07-10 4:13 pm

I just registered a new domain name to my account but when i go to configure email the new name does not show up in the dropdown. Also an old domain neme that I canceled still shows up in the dropdown along with my primary domain name.

Staff
26,137 Points
2014-07-10 5:45 pm
Hello Michael,

In order to add a newly registered domain you to your account, you would to set it as an Add-On Domain. Once you have done this, then you will be able to select the domain in the drop-down menu when you add email accounts. If you want to remove old domains from the drop-down menu you would need to go into the cPanel, select Add-on domains and then remove the add-on domain that you are no longer using.

I hope that helps to provide you the info you require. Click on the link and it will take you through a step-by-step tutorial on adding the new domain to your account.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-07-27 12:14 pm

I'm doing some preiminary research for a potential future project; where I'd be building a new website for a local branch of a national organization.  This group is looking into hosting their site on the the web space of their parent/national organization.  Can you point me to a resource on how to set up a... partition, or whatever it might be called, where separate websites can be hosted on the same server space? 

I know setting up a new CMS installation in a sub-folder on a server, effectively creates a new website as a sub-page of the parent site, generally with the folder name as the the portal extension to that site, but what I'm looking at is how to point a separate domain to that secondary setup, so that it's not accessed as a subpage of the parent site, but rather it's own page that just so happens to share webhosting space with anoter site?  So instead of being www.examplesite1.org/examplesite2 to access the home page of the new site, you'd have exmplesite1.org or and exmplesite2.org, while the server directory might look like examplesite1.org root/examplesite2.

Staff
28,948 Points
2014-07-27 6:32 pm
Hello Brian,

When you add an addon domain to your account via the cPanel, the new domain name will then be able to be accessed by it's own domain name, just as the original one is.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-09-24 5:35 am

Thanks for information.

n/a Points
2014-10-29 4:15 pm
I need to change the domain name to romeigus benjamin
Staff
17,717 Points
2014-12-18 1:34 pm
Hello romeigus,

Thank you for your question. You can request a Primary Domain Change in AMP.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-11-01 10:52 am

Hello, I signed for a Power Prestashop Holding some weeks ago.

Now i would add a new ecommerce, with another domain.

I read that i can add just 6 domains to my account, but what it means?

If i desire to start with another ecommerce, must i pay for another Holding service?

Can i manage more ecommerce won the same holding service? With the same theme (a little changed)?

Thank you in advance for your answer,

Mario

Staff
28,948 Points
2014-11-03 11:24 am
Hello Mario,

If you are on a plan that allows 6 additional sites, then they can be any site, even another ecommerce. You will simply need to install the ecommerce software into that particular domain. Once you add the domain to the account you will be able to select it during the install process if you use the Softaculous installer tool.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-12-18 12:30 pm

Hi,

What's the correct way to add a domain that is the same as my primary domain but with a different top level domain (e.g. .org versus .com). I want the .org site to be separate from the .com site (i.e. not parked). I'm assuming that it would be an add-on domain but I wasn't sure how you specify the .org part so that it will be a different site.

 

Many thanks,

Jeff

Staff
17,717 Points
2014-12-18 1:19 pm
Hello Jeff,

Thank you for your question. By default, different TLD's are considered separate websites, so you would just add it as an Addon domain.

If you have any further questions feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-01-08 1:49 am

Hi!,

I'm having a 7 differrent websites.

question, is it possible for me to connect them into one website? How?

Thank you very much for the help!

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-01-08 9:51 pm
Hello Jefrey,

Thank you for contacting us about connecting your websites. We are happy to help but will need some additional information on what you want to accomplish.

Do you want all 7 websites to resolve to one single domain name?

Do you want all 7 domains to show the same website, but on different domain names?

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-01-08 10:15 pm

What I mean is that, the 7 websites must be linked into 1 website. how do i do that?

for example: 123.com and abc.com are  two different website, but i want to link it into one website which is letters.com,

so when i type 123.com - it will show its website

and when i type letters.com - it will show its website

but when i type 123.com/letters - it will show the letters website (is this possible?)

same goes to abc.com.

 

Thank you very much John-paul!

 

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-01-09 6:50 pm
Hello Jefrey,

Thank you for the detailed information. If you just want to link the website to another website, you can do this by using an HTML link.

If 123.com is your Primary domain, you can Addon the letters.com domain to your cPanel and set the Document root to:
123.com/letters

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-01-26 1:11 am

Hi,

I'm currently using "redirection" plugins in wordpress to redirect the 7 websites to my main website, but it turns out that nothing happens.

what should i do? or how will it work?

 

Thanks,

 

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-01-26 11:16 am
Hello Jefrey,

Thank you for your question. Most likely an existing rule/plugin is interfering with the redirect rules you are adding.

We are happy to help, but will need some additional information.

What WordPress redirect plugin are you using?

What rules do you already have in your .htaccess file?

Are you getting any error messages, or blank pages?

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-01-09 4:26 pm

I have a domain registered via GoDaddy.  How do I get it transferred over to you?

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-01-09 6:24 pm
Hello Bennie,

Thank you for contacting us today. You can initiate a domain transfer in your AMP (Account Management Panel).

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-01-11 2:23 pm

When I create an add-on domain will that web manager have a unique login or will they have access to the main domain?

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-01-12 11:52 am
Hello Stephen,

Thank you for your question. When you create an addon domain, it also creates a new FTP account for accessing the files associated with the addon domain. This account is limited to the folders for the addon domain.

We have more detailed information in our guide on Using FTP with your Addon domain.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-01-11 4:25 pm

Hi.

I just added some add-on domains.

My question is....

 

How do I INSTALL Wordpress to those domains as well (like the one in my main domain)?

Thanks.

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-01-12 12:01 pm
Hello Erika,

Thank you for your WordPress installation question. Please follow our guide on Installing WordPress on an Add-on Domain.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-04-17 5:20 pm

Hi there, I wish to Addon a domain however I am currently using 1 of 1 addon domains already (still need to use this). I no longer use the main domain and I was wondering whether I can change that to include my new domain?

 

Staff
28,948 Points
2015-04-20 7:34 am
Hello Terence,

Yes, you would simply need to perform a Primary Domain Name change for your cPanel account. This will allow you to switch the current Primary Domain with a new one.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
2015-04-29 4:01 pm
Hello. We currently have an internally-hosted WordPress blog as a subdomain (such as blog.sample.com) to our commerce site (such as www.sample.com) and would like to see if we can transfer *just* the WP blog over to our InMotion Hosting account. Is there a way to migrate a subdomain over to IMH if the root domain will be staying on a different host?

Thanks,
Jen
Staff
17,717 Points
2015-04-29 5:12 pm
Hello Jen,

Thank you for contacting us. Yes, just add sample.com to your cPanel, then create the subdomain blog.sample.com (this will create a folder for storing the website).

Then, point the 'A Record' for blog.sample.com to your shared IP address.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-05-26 2:59 pm

Hi John-Paul,

 

Thank you for your reply. I was able to get the WP blog transferred via your instructions. Everything seems to have worked perfectly, except that email notifications going from the blog to email addresses on the mail domain (which stayed on the old, non-IMH, internal server with the main domain) are unsuccessful. I ran an Email Trace from cPanel and it results in address@sample.com - virtual_aliases via virtual_aliases router forced address failure.  Any suggestions on how I can correct this?

 

Thanks,

Jen

n/a Points
2015-05-26 3:17 pm

Hello,

 

I posted a question about emails being sent to the original main domain that is either pending approval, or didn't go through.... but I just wanted to add that I think I found the answer to my question here: http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/cpanel/cpanel-email/edit-mx-remote-local

Again, thanks very much for your help John-Paul!

- Jen

Staff
5,084 Points
2015-05-27 1:00 am
Hello Jen,

Your post was awaiting approval, however I am glad you found the answer and thank you for posting it for us.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2015-06-01 12:33 pm

Hi, 

I have this domain pointed to your nameservers. I created it as an add on domain but don't want a subdomain, I want the address to be www.xxxx.com. If I add a folder under public_html will it show up as a subdomain? 

Do i have to install a website in the same folder as the main domain?

Thanks!

 

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-06-01 1:39 pm
Hello Kaira,

Thank you for contacting us. If you want to add a domain for a separate website, you will want to add it to your cPanel as an Addon Domain.

This will allow you to host a site with an address such as: "www.xxxx.com"

When you addon a domain, it will create a subdomain by default also, but you do not have to use this.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-06-18 6:11 pm

Our cPanel shows "All SQL Databases 2 / 4" meanimng that we are permitted up to 4 sqls? I recently tried to add a wordpress subdomain whne we only had 2 sqls and could not proceed until I deleted one sql. Why can I not have 3 or 4 sqls? Do I need to change my account type?

Thank you.

Staff
17,717 Points
2015-06-19 8:06 am
Hello Mitch,

Thank you for contacting us. Our plans allow 2, 50, or unlimited databases, here is a link to a comparison chart.

If your plan only allows for 2 databases, you can upgrade your hosting plan via AMP.

For account specific assistance, feel free to contact Live Support.

Thank you,
John-Paul

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