If you are using assistive technology and are unable to read any part of the HostMonster website, or otherwise have difficulties using the HostMonster website, please call 866-573-HOST and our customer service team will assist you.
Skip to main content

HostMonster Web Hosting Help

Register a Domain Name

Summary

A domain name is an important part of your website's online presence. It's how potential visitors will remember you.

What is a Domain Name

The internet is a network of computers which are connected and capable of communicating with each other using a network protocol called TCP/IP. In order for the machines to identify themselves, they are assigned a numeric value called an IP address (ex: 123.12.123.12). As it is not possible to remember all those numbers for all the different sites, the concept of domain names was introduced. A domain name is a human readable and memorable representation of an IP address. When someone types in a domain name like HostMonster.com, the browser communicates with a root domain name server that acts as a dictionary and provides the appropriate IP.

What's in a Domain Name

A domain name consists of two parts: a top-level domain (TLD) and a second-level domain (SLD). In the domain name HostMonster.com, the TLD is ".com" and the SLD is "hostmonster." The "http" is not part of the domain name; rather, it is the protocol and a part of the entire web address, called a URL. So, when you choose your domain name, you are only concerned with the TLD and SLD.

The SLD is where your creativity and originality comes in. You may choose any name you like, as long as it does not infringe upon someone else's trademark. You may only use alphanumeric characters and hyphens, though hyphens can not be used adjacently. Symbols and blank spaces are also not permitted in domain names.

How to Register a Domain Name

Legacy

To register a new domain name you will need a HostMonster Hosting Account. Once logged in to your Hosting Account, there will be two different ways to register a domain

From the Register Sub-Tab
  1. Login to your HostMonster Control Panel.
  2. Click the Domains tab.
  3. Click on the sub-tab Register.
  4. Enter your desired domain name.
  5. Click the check button.
  6. Click the green cart button to add the domain to your cart.
  7. Under your cart on the far right, click next.
  8. Review the Registration Settings and click add to cart.
  9. Apply payment details, and checkout.
From the Domains Page
  1. Login to your HostMonster Control Panel.
  2. Click the Domains tab.
  3. From the new domain search box to the left, enter your desired domain name in the Find your domain field.
  4. Click the get started button.
  5. Click the green cart button to add the domain to your cart.
  6. Under your cart on the far right, click next.
  7. Review the Registration Settings and click add to cart.
  8. Apply payment details, and checkout.

Rock

  1. Login to your HostMonster Control Panel.
  2. Click the Domains tab from the side-navigation to the left.
  3. Click the Register option from the sub-navigation.
  4. Enter the domain name you would like to register, then click Check.
  5. Click the cart icon next to an available domain, then click Next.
  6. Review the Registration Settings and click add to cart.
  7. Apply payment details, and checkout.

Additional Information for Registrants

Once registered, domain names cannot be cancelled for a refund.

Knowledgebase Article 340,289 views bookmark tags: domain register registration sld tld


Was this resource helpful?

Did this resolve your issue?


Please add any other comments or suggestions about this content:





Recommended Help Content

This article explains what happens after a domain expires and how domain registration can be renewed.
Knowledgebase Article 331,253 views tags: domain expired redemption registration renewal renewing

Maintaining your domain registration and hosting services within the same account allows you to manage both services with only one login password, making it easier for you to stay on top of everything related to your website. This article explains the process to transfer your domain to [% provinfo.n
Knowledgebase Article 1,273,471 views tags: domain faq registration transfer transfers

Transfer Domain Registration: When a domain registration is transferred to us, we must register the domain name for a minimum of one (1) year. We only accept registrations for the .com, .net, .org, .
Getting Started Article 711,636 views tags: domain hosting nameservers started transfer

Related Help Content

Once I Register a Domain, How Long Does it Take to Become Active?
Knowledgebase Article 277,127 views tags: dns domain register

This article explains how to prepare your domain to be transferred from HostMonster to a new registrar. You'll initiate the transfer itself with the gaining registrar, but there are a few things you can do to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Video "How-to" Tutorial 782,478 views tags: domain leave registration transfer uk

I am trying to transfer a domain(s) from my current registrar to hostmonster. When I fill out the transfer form I cannot get beyond step 2/4. There does not seem to be any "submit" or "next"
Knowledgebase Article 189,217 views tags: addon auth code domain domains epp registration transfer

You need two things to have a successful website and professional email: a domain registration and a hosting account.
Knowledgebase Article 107,771 views tags: dns domain domains nameservers servers

To view your stats, scroll down to the Logs section of the cPanel Here are different programs that can be used to view your stats. We most recommend awstats When you select your stats program, you ma
Getting Started Article 247,863 views tags: awstats domain select stats view

There are multiple reasons why a domain transfer may fail. This article explains several reasons why your transfer may be unsuccessful and what you can do to fix it.
Knowledgebase Article 95,476 views tags: domain transfer

A step-by-step guide to renewing your domain name registration.
Knowledgebase Article 69,607 views tags: domains registration renew

Starting on August 26, 2019, the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) will be a new protocol available that provides WHOIS details for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) (e.g., .com, .net).
Knowledgebase Article 6,702 views tags: access data domains gdpr icann protocol rdap registration

This site utilizes JavaScript to function correctly. Looks like it's disabled on your browser. Please enable it for your best experience.

For instructions on enabling JavaScript, click here