HostGator Domain Registrars
HostGator currently uses multiple domain registrars - eNom, LaunchPad, and Public Domain Registry (PDR). A single control panel, the Customer Portal, was also created where you can manage most domain names.
In this article, we will discuss the different registrars of HostGator, where to manage your domain names, and what are the new top-level domains.
- Determining the registrar of a domain ⤵
- Who are HostGator's Registrars? ⤵
- New top-level domains (nTLDs) ⤵
Determining the registrar of a domain
Knowing which registrar was used for a domain is important for quick issue resolution. This article has useful advice on distinguishing between LaunchPad and eNom domains:
For the complete list of domains that may be registered through HostGator, please check out the article:
Who are HostGator's registrars?
eNom was previously HostGator's only registrar, and many long-time customers will have multiple HostGator/eNom domains, including some TLDs we would now register via Launchpad (see list below).
eNom is a domain name registrar used by HostGator to handle registration and management for some domains, notably country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs). It is important to remember that eNom also sells domains itself, independently of HostGator. Some HostGator customers may themselves sell eNom domains, in their capacity as domain resellers.
We still use eNom for all domains NOT handled by LaunchPad, including country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) like .jp and .co.uk.
eNom reseller lookup
eNom's website has a tool to look up the eNom Reseller that owns a domain. This is helpful in finding the actual owner of any domain registered through eNom.
Managing eNom domains
HostGator/eNom domains that are not ccTLDs can be managed via https://portal.hostgator.com/domain/manage.
ccTLDs HostGator/eNom domains must be managed via https://access.enom.com.
If your domain registered through HostGator is NOT found in the Domains section of your Customer Portal, it may be a HostGator/eNom domain requiring management via Registry Rocket. Registry Rocket was eNom's interface for HostGator-specific domain management. Although some HostGator/eNom domains can still be managed via this tool, most cannot, and it is not recommended.
If you have been managing your domains within Registry Rocket and have found that you can no longer do so, please go to https://portal.hostgator.com/domain/manage or https://access.enom.com/ to check your domain names.
LaunchPad is HostGator's own domain registrar and is used by default for the most common domain names (including during signup). Domains ordered through https://www.hostgator.com/domains will be LaunchPad domains, and any domains currently registered during the initial account set up of Shared and Reseller plans will be part of this system.
Here are the TLDs available for purchase through LaunchPad.
The following domains are transferable to LaunchPad.
Public Domain Registry (PDR)
The Public Domain Registry (PDR) is the sponsoring registrar for:
A domain registered with the Public Domain Registry (PDR) will show the Registrar as "PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com" in the WHOIS lookup results.
*The domain and WHOIS result shown above are for reference purposes only.
New Top-Level Domain (nTLD)
New top-level domains (nTLDs) are now available for HostGator customers through Domain.com. nTLDs are more specific or descriptive than standard TLDs and include options like .coffee, .guru, and .events.
Please check out the article nTLD (gTLD) Cross Brand Promotion to know more about nTLD domains.
Ready to register or transfer your domains to HostGator? You may now go ahead and do so within your Customer Portal or go directly to https://www.hostgator.com/domains. Here are the articles to guide you:
For more information about domains and the cool features you can do with them here at HostGator, please check out our consolidated domain-related articles: Domain Overview.
For our go-to articles when it comes to managing your domains, please check out the Domain How-To's articles.