How To Add Addon Domain To Your HostGator Hosting Account

As the heading title of this blog post suggests, I am revealing you that how you can include a brand-new domain name to your fresh or existing HostGator account. You could quickly add a new domain name by complying with couple of easy and simple steps yet prior to you do, so you have to comprehend the essentials of why you have to add the domain name to your existing hostgator hosting account.

Because, you might be using a multi-domain cPanel hosting and the chances are there that you may not be aware of it. Few day ago my friend who is a blogger had crashed in my home for a friendly pep talk. We were talking and we happened to talk about something serious topic – His hosting account at Hostgator [We are blogger, what else we will talk]. My friend had a baby plan that allowed him to host multiple websites on the same hosting account. He was not aware of it and desired to get a new hosting for a new website. While I was clarifying to him why he does not need a fresh or new hosting, I soon understood that my blog visitors or reader may not be aware of it. Hence I have decided to write a blog post on it.Addon hostgator domain

Hostgator members, it offers various plans and pricing and the most popular plan is Baby Hosting Plan. The features of this plan are that you can host unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited storage. Simply saying, with one Baby Hosting Plan, one can host unlimited websites! I used this plan to host 4 blogs which brings a considerable traffic to the blog on Baby Hosting Plan from Hostgator and the uptime is great when compared to another hosting company plans.


Several new users who register for Hostgator are not aware of the possibility to place an add-on domain name right into their Hostgator hosting account. In this blog post, I will describe how you can add more domain names to your Hostgator hosting account.

Even if you have purchased a domain name from other hosting companies such as GoDaddy or Name Cheap, all you have to do is change the name server of your domain to point to your Hostgator hosting account, and add your domain as an add-on domain from the cPanel in Hostgator. ( Look for the sub heading on “How to Point Domain Name server to Hostgator”).

To begin with, the majority of the reputed shared hosting companies enable you to have more than one website on your one account. This suggests with one account you can have 5, 10 or more websites.

For instance, Bluehost, InMotionHosting, Hostgator to name a few. In this blog post, I will be making use of Hostgator as an example and revealing you how you can add a current domain name to your Hostgator hosting. The procedure will be very same for nearly all others cPanel hosting.

Let’s Get Started:

How to Point Domain Name-Server to HostGator:

To change your domain nameserver of your domain, first you need to understand and know your hosting Name-server. Unlike Bluehost where they have static Name-server, On Hostgator your name-server is correspondent to your hosting server. You do not need to delve the technicality of it, as I will reveal you the best ways to locate the nameserver of your Hostgator hosting.

The majority of the instances, your welcome e-mail from Hostgator includes your Nameserver details. Otherwise, login to your Hostgator cPanel, and near the bottom left you will find your name server details.

Hostgator NameServer

When you have located the Nameserver; login to your domain manager. In my case, I have purchased a domain name form Godaddy which is a reasonable domain hosting solution. After logging into my domain manager, I just needed to update the existing domain name-server with Hostgator hosting.Addon Domain to hostgator hosting account

It would take couple of minutes or hours for the nameserver to proliferate on the internet when you have when you update your name-server. That can take place backdrop, and we can add that domain as addon domain on the Hostgator hosting panel.

New Account Setup

When you initially register for an HostGator hosting account, you have to register a domain or utilize a already registered domain which you have. You cannot register with Hostgator without giving the domain name details.

When you sign up for the new or fresh domain at Hostgator, and the first domain you use or provide for the first time of sign up is called the default domain. When you sign up for the fresh domain at the time of sign up at Hostgator, the domain will immedialtely added to your Hostgator Hosting account. And similarly, if you had purchased the domain from Godaddy or Bluehost; the same already registered domain details can be given at the time of domain registertation at Hostgator, then that domain is additionally added to Hostgator hosting account and later you don’t have to undergo any other setup process.

To host your new domain in Hostgator Hosting account, you need to provide your domain name details purchased either through Hostgator ( default domain or purchased domain) or any other domain name registrar like Godaddy, Namecheap or Bluehost.

Register a Domain Name

Prior to adding a domain name, you have to sign up a domain name registration. You can sign up to register a domain name either with HostGator or other domain registrar.

I use Namecheap to purchase domain names and like said earlier, if you want to register a domain through any other domain name registrar other than Hostgator, you need to change your name servers. If you need more information on how to locate and change your name servers, you can read this blog post. If you signed up a domain name through HostGator then you don’t have to fret about setting up name servers. To understand better, please watch the video below by Youtobia.

What Does It Mean To Add Domain?

Any hosting service provider need to establish the server for your domain name when you host your domain with them. When the server is established for your domain name, then only you can see your web files. Adding domain name indicates that your hosting service provider or company will configure a web server for your registered domain name.

HostGator Add Domain Video

If you need to see practically on how to add a domain name to the Hostgator Hosting Account, then watch the following video by Digital Tech.

Full Procedure of Adding Additional Domain to your Hostgator Hosting Account

This guide is applicable for either Baby Plan or Business Shared Hosting Plan. To access this feature; login to your Hostgator hosting account and “Addon Domains” under the “Domains” section in your Hostgator Control Panel. See the image below for better understanding.

click add addon domain to hostgator hosting account

When you click “Addon Domains,” you will be redirected to an “Addon Domains Web Page” where you need to enter certain details to add a domain. The details which you need to provide to add a new domain, see the image below:

Addon Domain to hostgator hosting

An addon domain allows visitors to reach a subdomain of your site by typing the addon domain’s URL into a browser. This means that you can host additional domains from your account, if allowed by your hosting provider. Addon Domains Subdomains are relative to your account’s home directory.

In the space under “New Domain Name,” enter your desired “Domain Name” that you like to add to your Hostgator Hosting account. If you wish to create a FTP account associated with your Addon Domain, check the option that says, “Create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain.”

You need to create a username and password to your FTP. You can your username and password etiher by yourself or you can create a complex password by making use of the password generator provided under cPanel. The space under “Document Root” defines the root of the domain in which you are adding. I generally use Public_html/ as the document root because it is easier for me whenever I need to provide FTP access to the developers.

Once you enter all the required details, click “Add Domain button” and you are done; you have successfully added an additional domain name to your Hostgator Hosting account.

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