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How to Easily Manage All of Your Domains on One Account

November 23rd, 2016

Many of us own more than one domain. You may have registered a few domains with Doteasy. Perhaps, your web designer recommended a different registrar and you purchased a couple more domains with another registrar as part of their cannot-miss promotional special. As a result, your domain names are scattered across a number of different registrars.

If the above situation sounds all too familiar, then you would most certainly agree that it is a headache keeping track of which domain is registered where, and when they expire. Not to mention, each domain account will have its own username and password.

Fortunately, our Master Account feature is here to help you take care of all your domains.

Here’s what a Master Account can do for you

Use just one login to manage all of your domains

A Master Account helps you consolidate the management of all your domains under one login.  This means you can see all your domains, which services they’re subscribed to, and their expiry dates all on one page.  This saves you the headache of keeping track of numerous login usernames and passwords.

Bulk edit domain information in one go

You can save lots of time by updating the contact or payment information for any number of domains all at once.

Keep your domain information up-to-date by synchronizing them with your Master Account Profile

Your Master Account gives you the option to setup a Master Account contact and payment profile which you can use to store your most commonly used contact and payment information.  You can link any number of domains to your Master Account Profile so that when you update your profile information, the changes will automatically synchronize to those domains.  This lets you keep your information up-to-date with minimal effort.

Say, you have a new email address. Instead of logging into individual accounts to update this information, you can just login to your Master Account and update the email address on your Master Account Profile. Any domains that are linked to your Master Account profile will automatically be updated with the new email address.

You can sign up for new domains without having to re-key all of your information every single time

By having a Master Account Profile, you can speed up your new account sign-up process by simply logging into your Master Account.  During the checkout process, you are asked if you want to sign into your Master Account.  Doing so will prefill your application form with the information from your Master Account Profile so you don’t need to enter the information manually.

This feature applies as well when you sign up for a new domain or transfer domain from within your Master Account dashboard – your Master Account Profile will automatically be used. In fact, signing up for a new domain through your Master Account login has an added bonus – your new domain will already be linked to your Master Account system.

You can delegate management of each domain to different people

The most powerful feature of the Master Account is that each domain on your Master Account can have its own separate login as well.  This is perfect if you’re a webmaster or just managing domains for other people because you can let them access specific domains on your Master Account while keeping others out of their sight.

Creating a Doteasy Master Account

You can easily create a Doteasy Master Account from your domain account’s Member Zone.

1.  Login to your Doteasy Member Zone

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2.  Once you’re logged into your Member Zone, click on the Master Account tab on the top.

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3.  Click Create a New Master Account

step-34.  Fill out the Master Account creation form as per instructions on the form. When ready, check the I agree to the Terms of Service box and click Create.

5.  Once your Master Account has been created, you can use the Add Domain+  function to link your existing Doteasy domain accounts to your new Master Account. You can also register new domain names or transfer an existing domain to Doteasy.

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Learn more about creating a Master Account.

The most useful tools on your Master Account dashboard

Once you have successfully setup your Doteasy Master Account, you will be able to access the system dashboard straight from your Doteasy Member Zone.

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Here are the most commonly used functions:

Manage One Domain

When you click on Manage One Domain, you will see a list of domain names that are linked to your Master Account. If you click on a domain name on the list, you will be taken to that account’s control panel where you can manage its specific services.

Add Domains+

This is where you would add more domains to your Master Account. If you have existing domains with Doteasy, you can link them to your Master Account. You can also register new domain names or transfer an existing domain to Doteasy.

Bulk Edit

You will find the Bulk Edit function in a few different places on your dashboard. You can use the Bulk Edit feature to apply changes across all domain accounts linked to your Master Account. This feature comes in handy if you need to update the contact or billing information of multiple accounts.

For more information on using the Bulk Edit feature, check out our YouTube video: Billing Info Section for Master Account

View Profile

You will find the View Profile link at the top of the page. This is where you can fill in or edit the information on your Master Account Profile.

 

 

Did You Know You Can Host Multiple Websites on One Hosting Plan at No Extra Cost?

November 9th, 2016

If you own multiple domains, chances are you’ve signed up for multiple hosting accounts as well. Many of us are accustomed to thinking that each domain name needs its own hosting plan. But, just because you want to install WordPress on each of your domains doesn’t mean you need to purchase separate hosting accounts for each.

Say you have 3 domains and you want to run a WordPress site on each of them. Even if you were to use the lowest tier plan for each of them — the Starter plan which is $69/year — you would need to pay a whopping $207/year.

But, did you know that all you need is just the Unlimited Hosting plan and you’ll be able to host all of your domains at a fraction of the cost?

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The Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan includes features like unlimited websites, unmetered website space and monthly bandwidth, unlimited sub domains and email accounts. These generous features are designed to help you to manage and host all of your domain names on a single hosting account.

This hosting plan is regularly just $143.40/year. So instead of paying $207/year like in the previous example, you would only need to pay $143.40/year — which equates to $63.60/year in savings. The most impressive part is the more domain names you have, the more you will save.

Why should you host your domains under one single account?

There are many benefits in hosting all your domains under one account with the most important ones being:

  1. Save money because you only need to pay for one hosting account.
  2. Less hassle because when you put all your websites under one account, you only need to deal with one renewal date, one control panel, and no additional hosting fees.

Once you have set up your Unlimited Hosting account, adding extra domains or websites to it is very easy.  If you’re not on the Unlimited Hosting plan yet, feel free to get in touch with one of our customer support specialists and they will gladly help you get setup.

How can I add additional domains onto my account?

The additional domains that you add on to your hosting account are called add-on domains. Before you add these add-on domains to your account, you will need to make sure:

  1. The add-on domain name is registered.
  2. The add-on domain name is pointing to your Doteasy servers.

If you haven’t registered the domain, you can do so using our signup form and selecting the No Hosting, just domain name registration option when prompted to choose a hosting plan.

Adding the add-on domain to your hosting account

Once you have registered the add-on domain, you will need to change its DNS so that it’s pointing to your Unlimited Hosting account.  You can do this by following these steps:

1. Login to your Unlimited Hosting account’s Member Zone and click on View DNS Info.view_dns

2. Here, you will find the DNS settings you’ll need for your add-on domain. Copy the add-on domain primary and secondary DNS server information.

Note: the DNS servers in the screenshot below are just an example.  Your account might use a different set of DNS for your add-on domains.

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3. Login to your add-on domain’s Member Zone and click Change Nameservers.

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4. Paste the add-on primary and secondary DNS information that you had copied into their respective fields.

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5. When ready, click Apply Changes to confirm the DNS changes. DNS may take several hours to completely take effect.

Now that you’ve updated the DNS for your add-on domain, it’s time to hook it up to your Unlimited Hosting account.

6. Login to your Unlimited Hosting account’s Member Zone and click Access Site Admin Panel (cPanel).

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7. On the cPanel screen, click Addon Domains under the Domain section.

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8. Under Create an Addon Domain, enter your add-on domain. You don’t have to worry about the Subdomain or Document Root fields as they will be auto-generated for you.

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9. If you want to create an FTP account for this add-on domain, check the Create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain option. Give the FTP account a password. When ready, click Add Domain.

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That’s it! The add-on domain is now added on to your Unlimited Hosting account.

How do I put my website up onto my add-on domain?

Once your add-on domain has been added to your Unlimited Hosting account, you can start uploading your website files.

If you’re using FTP to upload your website files, simply use the add-on domain along with the FTP username and password that you’ve set up on your FTP client.

If you plan on using the File Manager within cPanel, then all you need to do is this:

1. Click on File Manager within your cPanel.

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2. On the File Manager screen, double-click on the folder public_html.

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3. Find your add-on domain from the list of folders. Double-click it to open the add-on domain folder.

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4. You can then upload your web files to the folder using the Upload function.

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Can I install WordPress on my add-on domain?

Of course you can! In fact, you can even use the Softaculous App Installer in your cPanel to add WordPress and other apps to your add-on domain. For example, if you want to install WordPress on your add-on domain, you can:

1. Click on WordPress under the Doteasy Softaculous App Installer section.

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2. On the WordPress screen, click Install Now.

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3. On the WordPress installation screen, use the Choose Domain drop-down menu to choose the add-on domain you want to install WordPress on.

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4. Fill out the rest of the setup form to complete the installation process.

And that’s how the Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan can help you save money on managing multiple websites! It’s undeniably a very convenient and economical option if you own multiple domains.

If you ever get stuck, feel free to get in touch with any of our customer support specialists.

 

 

All About Domain Names: Part 3

March 5th, 2014

Remember when we stressed the importance of purchasing more than one domain name in our past domain blog articles? Here are the links: Part 1 & Part 2.  In this article, we’ll go over more reasons why you’ll want more than one domain name, and what you can do with them! Parked Domains vs. Addon Domains

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A parked domain is a domain name that can be registered on its own without a hosting plan, or under an unlimited hosting plan. When you set up a parked domain, it will forward visitors to your primary domain. For example, if your main site was example.com, you can set up example.org and example.net as parked domains that point to example.com. This way, you only need to manage the content on one single site.

Why you’ll need this: 

  • Increase traffic to your site. Make sure visitors go where they intend to by purchasing multiple domain extensions and common misspellings of your primary domain name.
  • If you’ve changed your business name, previous clients who know the old domain name can be directed to your new site.

Addon Domains

Hold up! What if you have multiple businesses that need their own websites? This is when an addon domain would come in handy. With an addon domain, you need to register each separate domain, but you only need to pay for one hosting plan. This way, you can have several sites with unique content while sharing just one hosting plan.

Why you’ll need this:

  • Save money! Pay for just one hosting plan, but have individual content for each site.

For visual/ auditory learners, Graham from our Customer Support team explains the difference in this video: check it out!

 

All About Domain Names: Part 2

February 18th, 2014

You’ve come across domain name extensions many times before, maybe without even knowing it. Also known as a Top Level Domain (TLD), these are the .com, .ca, .us, .biz,… etc. part of a domain name. While many might just pay attention to the unique part of a domain name, it’s important for webmasters to know what domain name extensions are, and how to use this knowledge to their advantage.

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Categories

According to Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, there are certain categories of extensions.

Generic

If you have an opportunity to grab your unique domain name with a .com extension, do it! Most people will assume your website is at a .com extension, so that is one surefire way to maximize traffic potential to your site.

  • .biz might be a good one for businesses. Named after the hip way to refer to “business,” the .biz extension is reserved for those intending to use their website for business or commercial use.
  • .org (from “organization”). It’s an old one and a good one. This one’s most popular with non-profits, schools and communities, but is gaining popularity with for-profit organizations as well.

Other generic top level domains include .net, .info and more.

Country-Code

You might have to fulfill certain requirements in order to acquire one of these bad boys. For example, for .us or .ca, you might need to be a resident or own an office in that particular country.

Other country-code domain extensions include .tv, .eu and more.

There are also sponsored and test domain extensions, which you can read more about at iana.org.

Why is it important to think about domain extensions?

Several reasons:

  • Find out which extensions are right for your company.
  • Consider which extensions your clients would be drawn to.
  • Think about how many domain extensions you should snatch up to increase the amount of visitors to our site.

With all these different domain extensions, it would probably be wise to purchase more than one. This can help to increase your site traffic OR to create sites with unique content in the most economical way possible. In our next article, we’ll differentiate between parked domains and domain add-ons, so get ready!

All About Domain Names: Part 1

February 7th, 2014

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What’s in a name?

Well, when it comes to domain names, the answer is A LOT. These days, while it might seem next to impossible to find an available .COM domain name without having to add five extra numbers to the end, it’s still worth your while to consider these factors in your search.

Your domain name should convey your brand.

  • What does your company or website offer? Make sure your domain name accurately reflects your product.

Make sure your domain name is memorable.

  • A name can be memorable when it’s short, funny or catchy.
  • While you might find it clever to spell “apple” as “app13,” others might not join in the joke when they’re painstakingly trying to remember your website name.
  • Consider how your domain name sounds when it’s spoken aloud.

Purchase more than one domain name.

  • Consider purchasing multiple domain names with similar spellings, and direct them to your main website.

This can be invaluable in many ways: It can prevent web delinquents from impersonating your company. Also, owning misspellings of your domain name can ensure that those who make frequent typos can still get to your site!

Bonus tip:

When all else fails, try adding generic words like “this,” “the,” “life,” “world,”etc. to your name to create a unique yet memorable domain name. Happy hunting! We’ll be talking more about domain names in our upcoming posts… stay tuned!