TECH Hostgator's naming convention?

Falconer

Well-Known Member
Jun 23, 2006
65,535
is this normal or did I mess something up?

I buy domains thru godaddy and host with hostgator.

So I got my first domain set up a few years ago. Call it originaldomain.com.

Then I later bought some new domains, call them newdomain1.com and newdomain2.com.

If you want to view them, you go to www.newdomain1.com and www.newdomain2.com.

But why does hostgator host them as newdomain1.originaldomain.com and newdomain2.originaldomain.com?

I think I heard somewhere that this is normal, but this sounds dumb and doesn't make any sense to me.

When I access my hostgator account, I do it through originaldomain.com/default.html.

So this leads to the question, what happens if I ever want to let originaldomain.com expire, or if I want to sell it? How will I access the rest of my domains since they all appear to be subdomains of originaldomain.com?

Does every hosting company do things like this or is it just a hostgator thing?
 

Pepsi1975

Mod of the Year
Jan 6, 2005
47,485
Detroit
yes it is the way they do it, and I had my account linked to a domain that expired and it was fine accessing all the other domains
 

Browning

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Feb 14, 2005
90,023
yes it is the way they do it, and I had my account linked to a domain that expired and it was fine accessing all the other domains

.

The domain I used to sign up expired 3 years ago. They charge $5 to change the default domain but the first time is free I think. By the way you can access cpanel using any add on domain you have on the server
 
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Falconer

Falconer

Well-Known Member
Jun 23, 2006
65,535
So dumb tho. I wish they would just let you log in from hostgator.com, and then choose the domain you want.

newdomain1.com
newdomain2.com
etc.

not

newdomain1.originaldomain.com
newdomain2.originaldomain.com

etc.

But I guess it's at least good to know it's normal.

Thanks.
 

LowClass

New Member
Sep 5, 2007
885
USA
It's name based hosting, they do that to make analytics and tracking easy to automate when you set up your 11ty autoblogs. if you go into awstats for example you look the site up based on each site as a subdomain of the root domain name.

If you want an alternative, get yourself a vanilla VPS and try doing it hand written in your .conf files.
 

opie

hi.
OT Supporter
Sep 29, 2004
6,019
AZ
It's a cPanel thing, not hostgator. Happens with all cPanel hosts.
 

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