Effect of primary domain expiring on secondary domain

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maxbarry / 21 Points
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2012-09-17 12:43 pm EST
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I signed up to WebHostingHub (fantastic service so far, thanks!) and took advantage of your free domain upon registration offer (domainA.com). That is my primary.

I also have hosted domainB.com, which is a domain I bought previously from another registrar. It is located at public_html/domainB.com/myfiles

I haven't found much use for domainA.com, so am thinking of letting it expire and not renewing it. However continuing to host domainB.com is vital.

Will failing to renew domainA.com cause serious problems? Do I need to change the primary domain to domainB.com? I read that I need to copy the files to the primary directory (simply public_html/myfiles), and will this be a simple enough process? Will this cause problems with my Wordpress site currently being run at domainB.com?

Just got a couple of questions, that I'd love an answer to!

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arnelc
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2012-09-17 4:59 pm EST
Hello Maxbarry,

If you discontinue the primary domain and the hosting account expires, then they(billing or live support) typically remind you about the other domain(s) on the account. If the domain is NOT hosting a website, then they will convert the account to a domain-only account. If you intend to KEEP the domain AND the hosting, then the primary would need to be changed to something else. It is not necessary to make the secondary domain into the primary, but if you do, then yes, the files would need to moved into the public_html folder (where the primary domain files need to reside). Otherwise, you just need something to hold the place of the primary domain and keep the account appropriately named (use a domain name that belongs to you). The reason you should use a valid domain name as the primary domain is because someone might try to register it, and then it may conflict with your account. Of course, this just depends on the current primary domain name - if it's fairly obscure, then chances are that no one would register it. The main point is that if you're hosting the secondary site, you need to maintain the account - it doesn't necessarily have to be made the primary domain on the account.

If you have any further questions, please contact technical support or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Regards,

Arnel C.

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