With a Web Hosting Hub Nitro or Dynamo plan you can add an unlimited number of Addon domains to your cPanel account. The initial domain you sign up with, is configured as the Primary Domain. Each additional domain you register can be added as an Alias or Addon domain.

An Addon domain is an additional domain that the system stores as a subdomain of your main site. Addon domains are completely independent from the Primary domain and can have its own original content. In this guide, you can learn how to add an addon domain to cPanel.

Add an Addon Domain

  1. First, log into your cPanel.

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    Select Addon Domains under the Domains sub-header.

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    On this screen you will fill out the details for your Addon Domain, below is a brief description of what to enter:

    Option Description
    New Domain Name:

    Enter the domain name you are adding to your account.

    Subdomain:

    When adding a new domain to your account, cPanel automatically configures the domain as a subdomain of your primary domain. The default value that is selected should not need to be changed.

    Document Root:

    The document root is the directory where the files for this website will be located. The default directory for new domains is /home/exampl3/NewDomain and should not need to be changed.

    Create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain.:

    If you would like to add an FTP account for this Addon domain, check this checkbox for additional configuration fields to appear. Note: The FTP user will only be able to access the document root directory configured for the Addon domain.

    FTP Username: Enter the username you would like to configure as the FTP account for this addon domain.
    Password:

    The password you enter here is the FTP password for the FTP user mentioned above. Enter a strong password here.

    Password (Again):

    Enter the above password again to ensure you are typing it correctly.

    Strength:

    Weak passwords are easier for hackers to guess, and the strength tool will give you a score on how strong your password is.

  4. Once you have filled out the information requested, click on Add Domain.


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Now that your Addon domain is added, you can confirm it appears in the list under the Modify Add-on Domain section, which also provides the Document Root for your Addon Domain.

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n/a Points
2014-07-22 1:21 pm

have carried out the addon Domain process as shown on the tutorial.

When will I be able to see it in the Cp panel or the AMP panel.

 

THANKS

Staff
16,266 Points
2014-07-22 1:44 pm
Hello John,

This tutorial only adds the addon domain to the server itself. The domain is assumed to have already been purchased either from us or another registrar. The domain must also be pointed to our nameservers in order to take effect.

Any domain that was purchased through us will appear in your AMP. If it has not yet been purchased or purchased via another registrar, it will not appear in the AMP.

Kindest Regards
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-11-25 5:20 am

Why when i add a addon domain the cpanel automatically adds a subdomain with the user name to the main acount domain?

 

Thanks,

Ben

 

 

Staff
16,266 Points
2014-11-25 9:36 am
Hello Ben,

When an addon is created, a subdomain is also created. That is necessary within the cPanel structure. For your day to day operations, it is pretty useless.

As long as you do not use the subdomain, search engines will not pick up on it and no one outside will know it exists. It is pretty normal since cPanel is the standard software in the hosting industry. The vast majority of addon domains on the web are structured like this.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-01-01 7:35 am
very helpful
n/a Points
2015-04-02 12:10 pm
no need. it's just perfect
n/a Points
2015-04-03 9:51 pm

I have two domains, both through webhostinghub, I just registered the second, and have went into my cpanel and did an addon domain through the Cpanel on my first.  The second doman is not showing up in my amp, how do I rectify this? Thank you for your help.

Chris

Staff
12,162 Points
2015-04-06 1:03 pm
Hello Chris,

Thank you for contacting us about missing a domain you registered in AMP.

Since this is just the public forums, please contact Live Tech Support. This allows them to provide account specific assistance in a secure setting.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2017-08-08 10:29 am

When I'm trying to create an Addon Domain it keeps saying: The domain “example.com” already exists in the Apache configuration. (I've tried multiple times to connect my domain name with my hosting... very confused at this point... DNS servers have already been pointed to). How do I resolve this?

Staff
1,258 Points
2017-08-08 10:52 am
Creating an addon domain automatically creates a subdomain with the new domain. You may want to check to make sure you don't already have a subdomain called newdomain.youprimarydomain.com, for example.
n/a Points
2018-10-25 12:08 pm

How come the AddOn Domain facility allows me to add a website name that is already taken by somebody else?

Staff
16,811 Points
2018-10-25 4:52 pm
Hello John,

The AddOn domain allows you to add domains of any name because they do not register the name on the internet. Legal domain names have to be registered at a domain registrar. When they are registered, they are assigned to a location using the DNS (Domain Name System). The DNS is what allows the domain name to be recognized on the internet.

The main reason that an Addon domain allows you to use a name already recognized on the internet is to allow the creation of a website that may be the NEW location for that domain name. Also, Addon domain names may not necessarily be public. They may be private to the individual using the hosting service. When the DNS associated to the domain name changes to the location where you are hosting the files, then the website would be recognized in its new location. Due to the restrictions of a registered domain name, you can't create a duplicate website somewhere else with the same name- the duplicate would not be recognized on the internet.

I hope that helps to explain it. I'll give you a common example of when a duplicate name is used. If you have a website hosted in an old location and then hire someone to re-design the site in a new location, that designer may use the same domain name in the new location. They use an Addon domain for the re-development. It's not yet recognized on the internet in the new location, but the Designer can use a simple change in something called the HOSTS file to point his/her computer to that location using that domain name. This makes it easier to re-develop the site using the original domain name and speeds up the changeover when the new site goes live.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.

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