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How to Add a Domain Name Using the HostGator Control Panel

Updated on September 16, 2014

Setting up your very first website is a fun and exciting challenge.

Today, I'll be showing you exactly what steps you need to take to get your very first website up and running in a matter of minutes. Immediately after this tutorial, you should read my post on How to Install Wordpress Using cPanel.

This tutorial will show you exactly how to install Wordpress on your newly added domain.

Step 1 - Buying Your Domain Name

As a personal choice, I prefer buying domain names from domain registrars. If you buy a domain name from a website hosting company, it would be like buying a new computer from an auto mechanic. That doesn't make sense. I prefer buying domain names from domain registrars and website hosting from website hosting companies. This keeps everything organized and easier to manage.

If you haven't purchased a domain name yet, I recommend doing so right now. I personally use GoDaddy for all of my domain name purchasing. Over 12 million people trust them, they have over 8 years of experience, and have great customer service.

So hurry on over to and purchase your first domain name.

If you already have a domain name, you can move on to Step 2.

Step 2 - Logging Into Your Hosting Account

Once you have your domain name, head on over to your hosting account login page. If you don't have website hosting yet, don't worry. You can have website hosting within the next 5 minutes if you act now. You can even follow my in-depth tutorial on how to get website hosting.

If you already have HostGator website hosting, you can move on to Step 3.

Step 3 - Find Addon Domain Icon

Follow this step-by-step video to learn how to...

1) Log into your HostGator cPanel

2) Locate the Addon Domain icon

3) Add a new domain name to your account

And that's it! If you've followed and completed all steps above, you've successfully added a domain name to your hosting account. Great job!

Next tutorial: How to Install Wordpress Using cPanel HostGator Quick Install


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      Michael 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      The video was still processing when I published the hub. It should be working now. Thanks!

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      Dave Collado 3 years ago from San Jose California

      This useful thank, but you should do something about the video, looks like this video is no longer available on YT.