Adding a website and hosting

Overview

This article walks you through how to add a domain. The steps are different depending on if you have already registered the domain, or if you're adding a subdomain. The following topics are covered in this article.

Adding a domain

Adding a domain

The following steps describe how to add a domain to a hosting plan.

  1. Navigate to the Manage Websites page.
    Add website button
  2. On the top right, click the Add Website button.
    Add domain options
  3. Make a selection from the following four options:
    • Enter a domain or subdomain you already own: Select this option if you've already registered your domain.
    • Create a subdomain: Select this option to create a subdomain on a domain you have already registered.
    • Register a new domain: Select this option to first register your domain name.
    • Choose a domain later: Select this option to create a free dreamhosters.com subdomain.

Option 1 — Enter a domain or subdomain you already own

Enter domain
  1. Enter a domain name you have already registered. If it's registered at another company, check the box to confirm you are the owner of this domain name.
    Hosting options button
  2. On the bottom right, click the Next: Hosting button.
    A list of your hosting plans appears:
    Select hosting plan button
  3. To the right of a plan you wish to add this domain to, click the Select button.
    Options button
  4. On the bottom right, click the Next: Options button.
    Install WordPress option
  5. This page allows you to choose various options to add to your website (e.g., installing WordPress). Click the Select button only if you wish to add WordPress. 
    Set up website button
  6. On the bottom right, click the Set Up Website button to add hosting to the domain.
    Success message
    A success message displays confirming the site has been added to the hosting plan.

Option 2 — Create a subdomain

Enter subdomain
  1. Enter your subdomain in the first text field. For example, blog or forum.
  2. From the Parent domain dropdown, select an existing domain on your account. 
    Hosting options button
  3. On the bottom right, click the Next: Hosting button.
    A list of your hosting plans appears:
    Select hosting plan button
  4. To the right of a plan you wish to add this subdomain to, click the Select button.
    Options button
  5. On the bottom right, click the Next: Options button.
    Install WordPress option
  6. This page allows you to choose various options to add to your website (e.g., installing WordPress). Click the Select button only if you wish to add WordPress.
    Set up website button
  7. On the bottom right, click the Set Up Website button.
    Success message
    A success message displays confirming the site has been added to the hosting plan.

Option 3 — Register a new domain

The Register a new domain option takes you to the Manage Registrations page where you can purchase the registration for the domain. View the following article for further details.

Once purchased, you can then add hosting to the domain.

Option 4 — Choose a domain later

Select the Choose a domain later option to create a free .dreamhosters.com subdomain

Get a Free DreamHost Subdomain
  1. Enter your subdomain in the first text field. For example, blog or forum.
    Hosting options button
  2. On the bottom right, click the Next: Hosting button.
    A list of your hosting plans appears:
    Select hosting plan button
  3. To the right of a plan you wish to add this domain to, click the Select button.
    Options button
  4. On the bottom right, click the Next: Options button.
    Install WordPress option
  5. This page allows you to choose various options to add to your website (e.g., installing WordPress). Click the Select button only if you wish to add WordPress.
    Set up website button
  6. On the bottom right, click the Set Up Website button.
    Success message
    A success message displays confirming the site has been added to the hosting plan.

After a domain or subdomain is added, the DNS must propagate which can take 4-6 hrs. For more information on DNS propagation, view the following article:

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