In the previous tutorial we showed you how to configure your homepage. As we continue our Getting started in Wordpress series, this guide will show you how to install Wordpress as an Addon domain. Whether you use WordPress on your primary domain or not, you can also install WordPress on an Addon Domain in your account. If you need any assistance setting up an Addon Domain on your account, please read our article on adding an Addon Domain.

The basic steps are all the same as installing WordPress on your primary domain, but we will go over them again just to make sure nothing is missed. First, log into your account's cPanel. Once you have logged into your cPanel, click on "WordPress" under Top Applications as per the screenshot below:


This will bring you directly to the WordPress section in Softaculous. You will see the following screen asking for information to continue with the installation:


After clicking on the INSTALL button you will see the following:


Fill out the details as displayed above, then click INSTALL at the bottom of the page.

  • Choose Protocol: Select HTTP unless you have purchased an SSL certificate.
  • Choose domain: This is the only step that is different. From the drop down menu, make sure you change the domain to the Addon Domain on your account.
  • In directory: If you would like to install WordPress into a subdirectory enter the name of the sub directory here (subdirectory should not already exist, will create it for you).
  • Database: You will need a username and password to log into your WordPress admin panel.
  • Table prefix:  If you wish to change the table prefixes from "wp", then change it here.  This is optional.
  • Site Name: Name of the Wordpress site (not a URL)
  • Site Description: Description of the Website
  • Enable Multisite (WPMU) - Select option to setup multi-site.  Leave this unchecked unless you are familiar with using Wordpress Multisite.
  • Admin User name - this is the user name of the administrtor user
  • Admin Password - password used for the administrator login
  • Admin Email  - email address for the administrator
  • Select Language - language that is used in this Wordpress installation
  • Email installation details to:  You can use this option to determine who gets a copy of your installation settings in email

The process to install WordPress will complete after you have selected the final INSTALL button at the bottom of the screen.  Remember that you specified the Administrator user name and password.  Typically, the login will be, as any additional installations of WordPress will have their own separate Login Page and Dashboard.

In the next tutorial, we will show you how to install Wordpress on your Temp URL.

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2014-04-17 4:39 pm

This article told me how to install Word Press as an adon domian but it never indicated why I should.  As a newbie I'm wondering should I do this?



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2014-04-17 5:13 pm
Hello Mike,

Thanks for the question. The main reason is to allow you to setup a second website using a different domain name instead of the primary domain name. The primary domain name is the domain used to setup your Web Hosting Hub account. An add-on domain is typically another domain name that you have either registered with Web Hosting Hub or another domain registrar. In other words, an add-on domain is a separate website.

I hope that clarifies the issue, please let us know if you have any further questions or comments.

Arnel C.
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2014-07-14 11:19 am

When trying to download WP to an add on domain I am given the choice of the drop downs:

'newdomain'  or


Which one should I use?  Will it make a difference to be found on Google?  I want the new domain to be totally separate from my primary and not lined in any way publicly.


9,026 Points
2014-07-14 11:31 am
Hello Lisa,

Thank you for your question. This option is really up to you, but what you choose from the drop-down, is where you will access your site.

It should not make a difference to Google, but only they can say. Here is a helpful link to their official Webmaster Guidelines page.

As long as you are installing Wordpress in its own location (different folder from your other websites), it will be separate from your other website. This guide helps to explain the folder structure.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

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2014-07-14 11:46 am

Thanks John Paul.

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