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:

cpanel-softaculous-wordpress2

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:

cpanel-softaculous-wp-install

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

wp-softaculous-install-scrn


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 youraddondomain.com/wp-admin, 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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n/a Points
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?

 

M

Staff
13,722 Points
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.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
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

'newdomain.primarydomain'

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.

Thanks

Staff
9,661 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,

-John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-07-14 11:46 am

Thanks John Paul.

n/a Points
2014-09-05 1:43 pm

I'm hoping you have insight into this.  I've succesfully installed a Wordpress site in a subdirectory (so as to not disturb the existing website which serves another purpose).  I've pointed my Add-on domain to the correct folder; however, it only works on the home page.  If I you click on any other pages I've made it shows the root domain in the url which I want to remain hidden.  If I change the permalinks in Wordpress so that the Site Address (URL) reflects the new domain name, none of my pages open any longer - returning an error message. Do I need to change the code in the .htaccess file?

Staff
13,722 Points
2014-09-05 5:35 pm
Hello Melissa,

I'm sorry to hear about the problem you're having with WordPress. You might to simply start over to make things easier, or, if you want, give us your domain name so that we can review the account and see what you've done.

The easiest way to go about this issue is to install it in this order:

  1. First, add an add-on domain. You shouldn't have to POINT this domain. If necessary, remove your current one and try it again using the instructions above.

  2. Once the add-on domain is properly added, you can run the install for WordPress again. When you run the install, you should be using the domain name that you specified for your add-on domain in the directory path. A typical path would be "public_html/add-on-domain-name". The domain name would be the URL that you just added (NOT including the path). The "in directory" is the actual path of the file (e.g. public_html/target).


  3. Once you have completed your WordPress installation, then you should be able to pull up the site with no issues. There should be an individual .htaccess file per each installation.


Hope that helps to clear this issue up for you! If you require further assistance, please provide us information on your installation and we would be happy to help.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-09-07 8:54 pm

Great thanks Arnel! I'm going to try your list of suggestions.  I just reviewed this site which was recommended by someone at wordpress.org but nothing helped..I even did a database 'find and replace' using downloaded software but still nothing.  I may have to reinstall everything as you stated..

Thanks again!

n/a Points
2014-09-07 10:15 pm

Your post inspired me to reinvestigate into Duplicator which I used a couple of years ago.  So first off, I removed the Addon domain, then reinstalled it as per the instructions you showed me.  After this I ran the install.php file that the Duplicator plugin created of my site when I packaged it, running it under the new url - ie. www.newurl.com/install.php.  It found every instance of the old url which included the root info and replaced it with the new one, fixing the entire site and making it so that I don't have to redo a thing.  What a massive relief!  Thanks again for your help! 

Staff
9,661 Points
2014-09-08 10:28 am
Hello Melissa,

Thank you for contacting us, and sharing your solution. I'm glad we were able to help you.

Have a wonderful day!
John-Paul

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