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What is a main domain? How can I change it?

When signing up with us, you will be asked to choose a primary/main domain for your hosting service.

Once added, that domain will be associated with your account and its main details, including file access username and password. If later on, you would like to change that domain to another one (i.e. add a new website), that can easily be done.

Keep in mind that you cannot change your Main Domain to a website already hosted in your account (i.e. an existing site).

Because the primary(main) domain is linked to your account, all of the main details are also connected to it and if another existing site replaces it, it will cause a system conflict. This means that the new main domain will have to be a completely new site or a migrated website from elsewhere.

We created this article to explain how you can change your main domain through the WPX admin panel.

Step 1. Log in to your WPX account.

You can log in to your WPX account here.

Step 2. Navigate to your hosting plan.

You can either find your hosting service through the navigation menu or within your dashboard. Once you log in to your WPX account select My Services (1) → WordPress Hosting (2).

Then you will see all of your hosting services with us. When you find the plan for which you want to change the main website, you need to select the orange button Manage service next to it.

Step 3. Go to the Manage Websites area.

Once you are in Service Details, you can choose the Manage Websites menu from where you can see all the websites that you have hosted in your current plan.

The first site on the list will always be the main/primary domain and it is additionally marked with main (1). To change the actual main domain you will need to check its Settings (2) tab next to it.

Step 4. Change Main Domain.

After selecting Settings, a pop-up menu will appear, and inside you will find the option to change the domain. All you have to do here is fill in the new domain in the text field and then choose Save Changes.

Now with your new main site, you have a couple of options:

  1. You can develop a completely new website from scratch. Here is how to install WordPress if you want to start fresh.
  2. You can fill out a migration request to move a website from another hosting on that slot.
  3. You can migrate a site yourself (not advised).

Changing your main domain name from the panel will NOT change the database paths. You still have to run a “search and replace” through your database to have a functioning website under the new domain name.

If you are not sure how to change the paths into the database, the WPX Migration team can do that for you. This type of migration is a part of our paid migration service with a domain name change. You can check our Migration policy for more information.

That’s it! You’ve now changed your main domain.

If you get stuck with any function discussed here, please contact WPX Support via live chat (use the bottom right-hand widget!) and they will usually respond and help within 30 seconds or less.

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