Whenever a domain is registered, there must be accurate information submitted along with that registration according to ICANN regulation. This information is then publicly displayed and can be found through a WHOIS search. All domain owners are required to maintain accurate and valid personal or business contact information in their "WHOIS" data. However, you can keep this information from being public by enabling WHOIS Privacy Protection.
WHOIS privacy offers to protect your personal domain registration information from public WHOIS searches. Privacy Protection for your domain is only $9.95 per year.
HostGator has created a new domain control panel which allows you access to add, edit, and manage all of your HostGator domains from a single control panel. The following instructions will show you how to enable the WHOIS privacy of your domains using this new panel.
You can access the new domain control panel using the following link:
To change the domain privacy status for a domain from http://register.hostgator.com you will need to click on the 'Manage Domains' tab as shown in the picture below.
You will be asked for your billing email and password to access any domains attached to that billing account. This will be the same login as http://gbclient.hostgator.com. If you forgot your password, click on the 'Forgot your password?' link below the login to reset your password.
Once logged in you will see any domains attached to the billing account along with basic information about each domain. By clicking on the domain name you can get to the Domain Overview which is shown in the following image
The Domain Overview will show more details about the particular domain selected and will have tabs on the left side for the different functions available. Simply click on 'Domain Privacy' from the left hand menu and you can now change the domain privacy status from this section.
From this screen, click the on or off radio button. Once you have selected your preferred status, click on 'Save Domain Privacy' in the bottom right to save your changes.
You will be invoiced the $9.95, and WHOIS privacy will then be enabled on your domain.
If you have any questions or if you require further assistance, feel free to call us or come into our Live Chat. We will be happy to assist you!