Setting up a new blog or website is so exciting! And there is so much to do. You have decide what niche you want to do, do your keyword research, decide what domain name you want, see if the name is available, buy it, etc etc. And then, once you get your new domain, you have to set it up with your web hosting. As I’m sure you know (and I found out the hard way when I had just gotten started online), just buying the domain name doesn’t make it automatically show up on your hosting account. It would be nice though, right?
But luckily, if you’re using Hostgator, they make the process really easy. Adding a new domain to your hosting account is basically a four-step process.
First of all, when you purchase your domain, you have to input your nameservers when prompted. You can find this information in your welcome email from Hostgator (it’s a good idea to save that email as a pdf somewhere on your computer so you can refer to it.) Also, if you can’t find the email, you can find your nameservers in your cPanel, if you scroll to the very bottom of the page to account information.
Then, after you’ve purchased your domain and set your nameservers, you still have to add the new domain to your hosting account via your cPanel. So sign in, and then navigate down to the “Domains” section, and click on “Addon Domains.”
After you click on “Addon Domains,” you’ll be taken to a screen where you can enter the information for your new domain. Enter the domain name, and what you want your password to be (make sure to write it down or save it somewhere on your computer so you don’t forget.) After you enter the information, click “Add Domain.”
If you’re successful (and you should be) you’ll be taken to a screen that tells you have successfully added your new domain.
After you’ve added your new domain to your Hostgator account, the world is your oyster! You can install WordPress, and then get started building your new blog or website. The whole process should take you under five minutes total (if only everything involved in maintaining a website went that quickly!)
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