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Select a Domain for Your Site

This tutorial covers the following topics:

Setting up a website on our platform starts with selecting a domain name. Whether you already have an existing domain for an existing website or you need to make a choice of a new domain to register, we’ll ask you about it and walk you through the setup.

Once you log into your Client Area for the first time, on your dashboard, you will see a Set Up Site button. Click on it and follow the steps. Our Website Setup Wizard will help you easily set up your site starting with the domain name.

For your first site, our system will automatically suggest you to start the site with the domain name that you have provided upon ordering your hosting plan. However, if you wish, you can choose one of the other options instead.

The 3 options available are:

  • To register a new domain (or several new ones in bulk);
  • Use an already registered domain;
  • Or choose a temporary domain.

New domain

If you wish to register a new domain, choose New Domain and start typing the one you wish to get. Then hit Enter on your keyboard or use the magnifying glass icon.

The system will check if the domain you look for is available and propose it for registration. Additionally, it will offer variations of that domain, which you may also register. Select as many domains as you wish by clicking on Add. That’s a great way to protect your brand name. Then, click on Continue.

Existing domain

If you choose to use an existing domain, select Existing Domain and start typing the domain in the field. If it has been registered through SiteGround, it will appear in the drop-down and you may directly select it. If not, just type the full name and click Continue.

Temporary domain

Our system gives you the opportunity to use a temporary domain for your site too. This is a subdomain of a SiteGround-owned domain, which we automatically generate for you.

It is not recommended to use it for a long period of time as it has no SEO value, but it is a great solution if you have not yet selected your site’s domain, or you are working on a new version of your site while the old one is up and running. If you choose the option to use a temporary domain, select Temporary Domain and then click Continue.

After setting up your domain, the Website Setup Wizard will take you to the next step where you will choose to Start a New Website or Migrate a Website.

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