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

It's easy 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 Domains. Then click Add New Domain or Serivce.

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  3. Under ADD DOMAINS >> Add Domain or Zone File, click on ADD DOMAIN.

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    Note:
    If you've already purchased the domain's registration at Media Temple or at another third-party registrar, adding the DNS Zone Files are FREE. But you have NOT registered your domain either at Media Temple or a third-party registrar, you will want to do so in this step, which may require payment for the registration. For more information on domain registration, feel free to view an additional guide here.

  4. Type your domain name in the text box:

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    Select:
    a) I want to register this domain:
    If you have NOT purchased a domain registration at Media Temple, or a third-party provider. And need to register it.

    b) I already own this domain: If you've ALREADY purchased the domain registration at Media Temple or a third-party provider.
  5. Then click Use This Domain.

    For domains registered in your Media Temple:

    Continue to Step 6.

    For domains registered at third-party companies or other Media Temple accounts:

    If the domain was registered at a third-party company, you will be prompted to verify ownership of the domain through DNS:

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    To complete the verification:
    a) Ensure the domain's nameservers are pointed to your third-party domain registrar or another third-party DNS provider.
    b) At the third-party provider: create a TXT record for _mtverify.example.com pointing to the Record Value (in this example that would be "mt-92750342")
    c) Once the TXT record is added, you may need to wait some time for propagation.
    d) Once the record is propagating, click Verify.

    If you are unsure how to complete this step, you can contact your domain registrar for assistance and can describe to them Steps A and B.

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    If you need to navigate away before verification is complete you are free to do so by clicking on Back to Overview. You can revisit the page anytime by going to the Overview page and clicking Finish Setup.


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

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  7. 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

For (www, mail, ftp):
Note that it is NOT necessary to manually add www, mail, or ftp as subdomains to your Media Temple account.
Simply adding mt-domain.org in the steps above will automatically generate www, mail, and ftp subdomains for you.

  1. Log into the (mt) Media Temple Account Center.
  2. Click on Domains. Then click Add New Domain or Service.

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  3. Under ADD DOMAINS >> Add Domain or Zone File, click on ADD DOMAIN.

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    Note: Because adding a subdomain does NOT require a registration, adding a subdomain DNS Zone File is FREE.

  4. Type your subdomain in the text box.
    For subdomains: select the I already own this domain option, as it is not necessary to register a subdomain.

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  5. A message will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to add a subdomain.
  6. Check the box, Yes I want to add the subdomain. Then select Use This Domain.

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    For domains registered in your Media Temple:

    Continue to Step 7.

    For domains registered at third-party companies or in other Media Temple accounts:

    If the domain was registered at a third-party company, you will be prompted to verify ownership of the domain through DNS:

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    To complete the verification:
    a) Ensure the domain's nameservers are pointed to the third-party domain registrar or a third-party DNS provider.
    b) At the third-party provider: create a TXT record for _mtverify.example.com pointing to the Record Value seen on your end (in this example that would be "mt-99856743")
    c) Once the TXT record is added, you may need to wait some time for propagation.
    d) Once the record is propagating, click Verify.

    If you are unsure how to complete this step, you can contact your domain registrar for assistance and can describe to them Steps A and B.

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    If you need to navigate away before verification is complete, you are free to do so by clicking on Back to Overview. You can revisit the page anytime by going to the Overview page and clicking Finish Setup.

  7. Select the server you wish to add the domain to. Then select Continue Order.

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  8. 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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  9. 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.

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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