How to Change the Domain Name of Existing Website

Last Updated on 14/10/2022

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When you’re designing and launching your website, you might find that coming up with the domain name is one of the trickiest parts. The domain name you want isn’t always available, or you might struggle to think of a catchy title for your website.

If you settle on a domain name to get your website up and running and then later decide that you’d like a different one, the good news is that you can change your domain name—and it’s a simple process.

Why Change a Domain Name?

As discussed above, good domain names are hard to find. There are a variety of reasons why you might want to change your domain name after establishing it.

Another reason you might want to change a domain name is for marketing purposes. Sometimes your website will grow to encompass a store or other business operation, and your original domain will have nothing to do with your new business. 

To attract visitors, you may want a new, intuitive domain name. The same is true of site rebrandings. If you have overhauled your site content or image, you might want a new domain name to match.

Changing Your Domain Name

Before you begin, you’ll want to create a backup of your site content to ensure you don’t lose any content in the upcoming redirect.

After you’ve created a backup and then purchased and registered your new domain name, you’re ready to begin the process of changing it. 

The easiest way to complete a domain redirect is through your current web host. Buying a new domain and registering it elsewhere may cause complications in domain redirects.

Also Read: How to Redirect a Domain Without Hosting

Many web hosting and web building services use a control panel called cPanel. This area is where you can both complete a full site backup and the next phase of your domain name change.

Here, you’ll select the “Redirects” option and add a new 301 redirect, which is a permanent redirect. Also, choose the option to redirect with or without “www.” in the URL, making things easier for your visitors. Now your page will work whether or not users type “www.” in front of the domain name.

And that’s all it takes. Changing a domain name is a straightforward process, but there are a few considerations.

Considerations

One of the main things to consider when changing a domain name is site traffic. If you decide to change your site’s domain name, you need to ensure that traffic will redirect properly to your new domain name. If you don’t use the right redirect, you could end up losing your visitors.

You’ll also want to ensure that your content doesn’t continue to show up with both your new URL and your old one, as this could damage your SEO rankings.

Conclusion

It’s easy to change the domain name of an existing website. The process happens where you purchased your domain name or on your hosting site, where you will register your new domain name and create a 301 redirect. 

Before you change your domain name, though, ensure that all of the proper measures are in place to keep your current traffic flow and not have any errors on the site.

Scott Poole

Scott Poole

With over a decade of experience in building websites, Scott has seen it all... bodged website migrations, nightmare web hosts, ridiculous customer support, etc. He decided to centralise all his knowledge on 28msec to guide and help people find the best host possible.