How do I add a domain?


This article explains how to add a domain to your account as 'Fully Hosted'. When a domain is 'Fully Hosted', it's set up on a web server and accessible to the public.

How to add a 'Fully Hosted' domain

  1. Navigate to the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Manage Domains') page.
    The Manage Domains page opens:
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  2. Click the Add Hosting to a Domain / Sub-Domain button.
    The 'Manage Domains' page appears with several options to enable.
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  3. Domain name
    The first section is where you enter your domain and how it appears:
    • Domain to host: enter the name of the domain or subdomain you wish to add.
    • Do you want the www in your URL?: You have three options.
    Leave it alone: The www and non-www version of your site both function.
    Add WWW: This forces www to be added to your domain so when it's visited, it always appears as
    Remove WWW: This forces www to be removed so your domain always appears as
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  4. Users, Files, and Paths
    This section allows you to choose your username and the directory where the site is installed.
    • Run this domain under the user: Select a user who owns the files for this domain (you can also create a new user here. If you create a new use you can also assign it to a specific server).
    • Web directory: This is the directory on the server where your site files are located. Most often there is no need to adjust this.
    • Logs directory: This is just to let you know where you can find your site's logs on the server.
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  5. Web Options
    This section allows you to choose a PHP version to run your site as well as security and optimization options.
    • PHP mode: Click the dropdown menu to choose which version of PHP you wish the site to run under.
    • Automatically upgrade PHP: Check this box to have DreamHost automatically upgrade the version of PHP when available.
    • Extra Web Security?: It's recommended to keep this enabled as it provides further security to your site.
    • PHP XCache Support: This is only available on a VPS and helps to optimize PHP.
    • Passenger (Ruby/Python apps only): Enable if you are running a Python or Ruby on Rails website.
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  6. Cloudflare Services and Google Services
    This section allows you to enable different Cloudflare and Google services to your domain.
  7. Click the blue Fully host this domain button to save your changes.

For information on how to allow somebody else to manage this new domain or subdomain, visit the following article:

If you get the following error message:

You can't add that domain: you must add the parent domain to your account before adding a subdomain to it.

it means that the second-level domain is not yet in the system. A subdomain can only be created if its second-level domain is created first ( – even if you don't plan on hosting the second-level domain here at DreamHost.

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