How do I add a domain or subdomain to my server?


  • Applies to: All Service Types
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: AccountCenter access

Overview

The following guide will provide instructions on how to add a domain or subdomain to any of your (mt) Media Temple servers.

Remember, a subdomain is a domain that is part of a top-level domain. For example:

  • mt-domain.org is a top-level domain
  • store.mt-domain.org is a subdomain.

Instructions

Adding a Domain

  1. Log into the (mt) Media Temple Account Center.
  2. Click on the Add a Domain button.

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  3. Type your domain name in the text box. You may need to make some additional selections which are outlined below.

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    I want to register this domain:
    If you have NOT purchased a domain registration at Media Temple or outside company, and need to register the domain name. This will require appropriate registration fees.

    I already own this domain:
    If you've ALREADY purchased the domain registration at Media Temple or a third-party provider. Since the domain is already purchased, this option is free.
  4. If you've selected I already own this domain, you will be prompted with another option to Add a zone file. Leave this checked if you plan to host the domain's DNS zone files at Media Temple.

    If the domain was registered in this Media Temple account:
    Verification will not be required to add a zone file.

    If the domain was registered at a third-party company, or in a separate Media Temple account:
    Verification may be required to add a zone file.

  5. Select the server you wish to add the domain to. Then click Continue Order.

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  6. If Add a zone file was selected, it may be necessary to verify ownership of your domain. This will require you to create a TXT record at a third-party DNS host. If you'd like more detail on this topic, feel free to review our article below:

    Verifying domain ownership via TXT record

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  7. Once verification steps have been completed, you will be taken to the Overview page of your Media Temple account. You should now see the domain added to the selected server.

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If you encounter any error messages when attempting to add your domain, feel free to contact support by opening a support request, starting a chat, or by calling us at 1.310.841.5500.

Adding a Subdomain

The process for adding a subdomain is almost identical to that of a parent domain. You may just want to note the following:

  • It is NOT necessary to manually create www, ftp, or mail subdomains, as those will be generated automatically if you create a zone file for the parent domain.
  • If you are verifying domain ownership for a subdomain, create the TXT file on the PARENT domain. (for example: if you are trying to verify shop.example.com, create the TXT on _mtverify.example.com)
  • When attempting to add your subdomain, a message will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to add a subdomain. Check the box, Yes I want to add the subdomain. Then continue as usual.

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Next Steps for Plesk/cPanel servers

If you plan to also build/host your website files on your Media Temple server, you will want to ensure you:

Next Steps for WordPress servers

If you plan to also build/host your website files on your Media Temple server, you will want to ensure you add the domain to a WordPress site.

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