Creating a separate wordpress site with the sub domain

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Sharp / 8 Points
2012-06-20 12:33 pm EST

I have set up a sub domain and want to have a separate WordPress site on this subdomain that is independent of the main Wordpress site at

How do I go about getting Wordpress in to the subdomain as well?

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17,314 Points
2012-06-20 12:57 pm EST
Hello Sharp,

Let's get some terminology out of the way first.

A subdomain is a domain that is basically a folder under a primary domain, so the path would look like this:

In the case of a subdomain, the wordpress site CAN be independent of the primary domain, but the URL would always contain the primary domain name.

For example:

I can have a Wordpress installation in the primary domain of :

I can also have a Wordpress installation that is in

If it's a separate Wordpress installation in folder 123, it would be considered "independent" of the primary domain's Wordpress installation. However, the domain name is NOT independent because it would still require that you type in order to get to the Wordpress site.

The other term that we use is something called ADD-ON domains. Add-domains are physically subdomains to the primary domain, but virtually (on the network), the server considers it a separate website. Add-on domains use domain names that MUST BE REGISTERED WITH A DOMAIN REGISTRAR. Subdomains do not have this requirement.

For example: - the files are a physically a subdomain of, but the server recognizes the website as:

I hope this helps to clarify it for you. An add-on domain is basically a separate website. I wasn't sure based on your question if that is what you really wanted, or if you simply wanted to have a Wordpress site on a subdomain.

BOTH can be done.

How to add an Add-on domain

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


Arnel C.

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