Domain names are such an important part of business web hosting that web hosting is often called domain hosting or domain web hosting.
We’ve previously posted about the best domain names for SEO, branding and online success, how to choose a domain name, step by step, and why you should buy multiple version of your domain name.
To get started, go to our Web Hosting Control Center at control.earthlink.net and sign in with your domain name, user name and password. Then click Manage Domain from the top navigation. Depending on the status of your domain, you’ll see six to nine icons representing all your domain name management options.
- DNS Records
- Change Domain Password
- Manage Nameservers
- Manage Domain Contacts
- Lock/Unlock Domains
- Domain Monitor Settings
- Domain Guard Settings
- Domain Redirect
- Add Subdomain
DNS Records: First, the warning: you probably shouldn’t change DNS settings unless you really know what you’re doing. If you make a mistake, your entire domain could be inaccessible for up to 72 hours. Ouch! If you’re not scared off, the DNS manager makes it easy to make changes to your zone file, which allows you to set up domain redirects, add subdomains, and add email servers to your domain. Add or delete MX Records, A Records and CNAME Records.
Change Domain Password: This one’s very simple: click this icon to change the password for your domain. The Transfer Authorization Code of your domain will be set to match your domain password.
Manage Nameservers: Click this icon to manage all the nameservers on your domain. If your domain is locked, you’ll need to unlock it first before you can change any of your nameservers. Luckily that Lock/Unlock Domains tool is in the same Manage Domain section of the Control Center.
Manage Domain Contacts: This tool lets you make changes to the contact information associated with your website. Click the checkbox above the contacts form if you want to use the same person as your Registrant, Administrative, and Technical contact; otherwise enter unique contact information for each type.
Lock/Unlock Domains: To prevent your domain name from being hijacked, you may want to click here and lock your domain. If it’s already locked, click here to unlock if you need to change your nameservers or transfer to another domain registrar.
Domain Monitor Settings: Domain Monitor is a complete, unmetered domain status monitoring tool. It lets you monitor the daily status of any domain and get daily email updates when one or more of your domain names changes status.
Domain Guard Settings: Domain Guard lets you know each time a new domain is registered that is similar to yours. This can help you protect your trademarks, copyrights, and brand.
Domain Redirect: This tool makes it simple to redirect pages or directories on your website to other locations. You choose whether you want them to be 301 redirects (permanent redirect that’s best for SEO) or a 302 temporary redirect. You can also specify Global Redirection of your domain to one version (www.YourDomain.com or YourDomain.com), which is also beneficial for SEO.
Add Subdomain: Create a new subsection of your website that replaces the www domain prefix in your URL instead of appearing after the domain.
For example, the EarthLink.net domain has several subdomains (support, webmail, myaccount, control, etc.):
Simply enter any keyword you want to use as a subdomain and click the Add Sub-Domain button.
That’s all there is to it.
And remember, you don’t have to do it all yourself. You can add an assistant to your web hosting account to help you manage your domain.