How Do I Create and Remove an Addon Domain?

An addon domain is a fully functional domain that can be created from within your control panel. Think of it as having multiple hosting packages all sharing the same control panel. You can create email addresses, forwarders and more — the same way you do for your primary domain on the account. The only difference is that the files share the same control panel and server.

When incoming traffic visits your addon domain, there should be no evidence that it is an addon domain. The addon domain will act as an independent domain, with no references to the primary domain.

When creating an addon domain, three things happen:

  • a folder is created in the public_html directory
  • a subdomain is created for the primary domain and attached to the new folder
  • the new domain name is associated with the subdomain

This all happens automatically when an addon domain is assigned to an account. There is no need further action other than uploading content to the addon domain.

To Create an Addon Domain:

Login to your cPanel and click Addon Domains, under Domains. There are three fields cPanel asks for when creating an addon domain:
Addon domains

  1. New Domain Name: Enter the new domain name, but do not put http or www in the name.
  2. Username/directory/subdomain Name: This is the folder that cPanel creates normally located in the public_html folder, however, you can have the folder created outside of the public_html directory. Please note that in moving the folder outside of the public_html content could potentially be migrated in with the document root elsewhere. cPanel will automatically suggest a name for the folder based on the domain name. You will want to ensure that the name you provide does not already exist as a folder.
  3. Password: Fill in any password you want here. This password is used for an FTP account which is automatically created by cPanel. (You likely will not ever need this password, so we suggest picking a random password and forgetting about it.)

Your new domain is now successfully added. You can upload the website files to the specific addon folder which was created in the public_html folder.

Note:Your new domain name will not display your site until you set that domain's name servers. For more information, see this article:


Point an Addon Domain to a Specific or Existing Folder

Sometimes you already have content uploaded to a specific folder on your account or you want the content to be in a different folder than the default. In that case, you would specify the correct folder in "Username/directory/subdomain Name" field in the instructions above, instead of the one it suggests. If the folder does not exists, it will create it for you.

If the folder already exists, it may give you a warning that the username/directory/subdomain already exists, but in this case, you entered something that already exists on purpose. You can safely ignore this warning, since that was your intent to point the addon domain to a directory that already exists.


How to Remove an Addon Domain

To delete an addon domain, please do the following:

  1. Login to your cPanel and click Addon Domains.
  2. At the bottom, under Actions, click Remove.

Removing the addon domain only removes the domain from the DNS and server configuration. Your files and databases are not deleted or affected by removing the addon domain (other than the fact that you can no longer access the affected files via that domain name).

 

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