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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.

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
9,162 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
19,557 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
17,351 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
19,557 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.

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