How To Add An Existing Domain To HostGator cPanel

Looking to configure your existing domain name as an add-on domain in your HostGator cPanel? You're in luck, below is our tutorial showing you how to do so! This process is a common occurrence since many people (including myself) prefer to keep their hosting provider and domain provider separate. This can be due to many different reasons including pricing, terms of service, etc. The process is fairly simple once you have done it the first time the next time is a breeze. View the video tutorial embedded below or scroll down for a brief set of step by step instructions.

Step 1: Buy a domain name (if you haven't already)

The first step  is to actually purchase a domain so you will own one that can be added into your HostGator account. If you already own one then skip this step and move on to the next one. We highly prefer NameSilo (read our review to see why), but this can be from a number of different domain name providers. If you haven't already purchased a HostGator plan you will also need to do this before completing the next step.

Step 2:

Log into your HostGator cPanel & domain provider's account

Step 3:

Choose the domain you want to transfer and go to “edit nameservers”

Step 4:

Going back to your HostGator cPanel scroll down until you see “Account Information” in which it will list your nameservers below. They should look something like where “XXX” is represented by 3 numbers. Highlight and copy these nameservers.

Step 5:

Go back to your domain provider account and paste these nameservers overwriting your existing nameservers that are currently present for the particular domain. After this step you should have successfully pointed your domain's nameservers to your HostGator plan.

Step 6:

Now going back to your cPanel, find the section on the right that says “Domains” and click on the button that says “Addon Domains”

Step 7:

At this screen you will need to:

  • Enter in your domain name where it says “New Domain Name:” (format is – there is no need for the www.)
  • Notice the Subdomain/FTP Username will automatically fill in as well as the Document Root. I like to just leave them as they are, but they can be modified if you desire.
  • Enter in your password twice and then click “add domain”

Step 8:

If this process was performed successfully it will give you a confirmation and you will then be able to see your newly added domain listed within your addon domains.

Congratulations! You've added your domain name to your HostGator cPanel and are ready for the next step! Stay tuned for a video tutorial of how to install a content management system (CMS) onto your newly added domain.