Last Updated on May 25, 2023
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Ready to learn how to add addon domain in Hostgator? Adding a Hostgator addon domain is a quick and easy process.
By following this step-by-step guide, you will have your addon domain created and set up in a few minutes.
Towards the end of the tutorial, I’ll be going over what to do if your addon domain is not working after creating your addon domain in Hostgator.
How To Create Addon Domain In Hostgator
If you signed up with Hostgator and purchased any plan other than the hatchling plan you can have an unlimited number of websites.
When having more than one domain name you have to buy each additional domain name that you want.
If you haven’t already purchased your addon domain otherwise known as an additional domain name I recommend Namecheap.
Namecheap is one of the top domain providers today and is cheaper than other domain providers.
With Namecheap, you get domain privacy free for life. No other domain provider offers this.
With Hostgator, you’ll pay around $12 to $15 bucks for your additional domain name plus you’ll spend another $10 to $15 buying domain privacy if you want that.
What Is A Hostgator Addon Domain?
Let’s start by answering a common question that is asked which is what a Hostgator addon domain is? An addon domain in Hostgator is a domain that you can create within your Hostgator Cpanel.
An excellent way to think of it is you have multiple Hostgator hosting packages, and they are all sharing the same Hostgator Cpanel.
With an addon domain, you can create email addresses, forwarders, and everything else you can do like your primary domain name.
To put it in simpler terms an addon domain is how you would add a second website to Hostgator.
The addon domain shares the same Hostgator Cpanel and the server. Hostgator offers unlimited addon domains for all of their hosting accounts except for the Hatchling plan.
Video Tutorial: How To Add Addon Domain In Hostgator
How To Add Addon Domain In Hostgator
The first step in our add addon domain in Hostgator tutorial is pointing your domain name servers to the Hostgator nameserver.
If you purchased your additional domain name from Hostgator, you can move on to the next step as your nameservers will already be pointing to Hostgator.
If you purchased your domain name from another domain provider like Godaddy or my favorite domain provider Namecheap you will need to log in to your domain registrars dashboard and go to the nameservers section and input Hostgator’s nameservers.
Unlike Bluehost where they have static nameservers Hostgator’s nameservers are correspondent to the hosting server, you are on with Hostgator.
Related: how to sign up for Bluehost.
I’ll show you how to find your Hostgator nameservers so you can add them into your domain registrar’s nameservers section.
When you purchased Hostgator more than likely, you would have gotten your nameservers sent to you in your Hostgator welcome email.
If you have that email saved or it is easy to pull up, you can locate your Hostgator nameservers by pulling that up.
Another way to locate your Hostgator nameservers is to log in to your Hostgator Cpanel.
Once you are logged in to your Hostgator Cpanel, you will see a menu over to the left. Find preferences and click to move on to the next step to find your Hostgator nameservers.
Next, scroll down and over on the right-hand side you will see your Hostgator nameservers listed.
You now want to log in to your domain registrar’s dashboard and find the nameservers section. Here is what the Godaddy nameserver section looks like.
Here is what the Namecheap nameserver section looks like.
If you need help pointing your Hostgator nameservers to Namecheap, be sure to follow our step-by-step guide.
If you need help pointing your Hostgator nameservers to Godaddy, be sure to check out our step-by-step guide.
How To Create Addon domain in Hostgator Cpanel
From your Hostgator cPanel dashboard scroll down till you see addon domains under the domains section. Click this to start adding the addon domain via the Hostgator addon domain feature.
We are now going to create an addon domain in Hostgator. Put in the new domain name and the subdomain and document root fields will automatically populate for you.
You will see create an FTP account associated with this addon domain. Make sure you select this.
If you aren’t familiar with what FTP means FTP stands for The File Transfer Program, and it’s a standard network protocol used when transferring computer files between a client and server on a computer network.
Put in a good password for your FTP account. Click add domain. You have successfully created an addon domain in Hostgator.
You will see modify addon domain below the add domain button. This section will list out all of the addon domains that you currently have created.
You can easily modify your addon domains and easily manage the redirections of the addon domains.
Hostgator Addon Domain Not Working?
After you’ve created your addon domain in Hostgator Cpanel using the addon domain feature you might be having trouble accessing your addon domain.
Keep in mind once you add your addon domain it could take up to 24 to 48 hours for the domain to fully propagate.
Every now and again clear your cache in your browser and see if the addon domain is live. This part takes some patience.
Wanting to start a WordPress blog using Hostgator with the addon domain that you created? Check out the step-by-step guide.
Check out our post on how to change a primary domain in your Hostgator account.
Check out our post on how to change your Hostgator nameservers.
Related: how to add addon domain in Bluehost.
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