How to change the main domain in hostgator

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How to change the main domain in hostgator
Changing the main domain on HostGator costs nothing for some accounts. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Changing the main domain on a HostGator server is free for the following types of accounts: Baby, Reseller, Hatchling and Business. As of March 2011, HostGator charges Dedicated and VPS accounts a service fee of £3. If the domain you want to change to a primary domain already exists on your HostGator server as an add-on domain, parked domain or sub-domain, HostGator requires domain removal before implementing the change. A pre-existing folder for the domain, however, can stay on the server. You can move the files in the folder to the public_html directory after the change.

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  1. 1

    Log in to your HostGator billing account and click "View Hosting Packages" under "Hosting Packages" in the left sidebar.

  2. 2

    Select the hosting package containing the domain you want to change and then select "Change My Domain" next to the package.

  3. 3

    Type the domain you want for the primary domain in the text box and click "Update."


  1. 1

    Visit the HostGator site and click on the "Support" button in the navigation bar. Type "primary domain change" in the text field next to the "Search" button and then click the button.

  2. 2

    Click the link titled "How do I change my domain name on my account?" in the search results that come up, then scroll down and click the link under the "Dedicated and VPS" subheading called "Here is the online form to request your primary domain update."

  3. 3

    Fill out the form with your account e-mail, current primary domain, user name and password, domain you need changed and the new domain you want for your primary domain.

  4. 4

    Click the drop-down arrow next to "Do you authorise the £3 one time charge?" and select "Yes," then click the "Submit" button.

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