How to create an addon domain in cPanel

What is an addon domain?

A new addon domain is a different website hosted in a new folder in your account to host many domains from one control panel. So in other words, it links a new domain name to a subdirectory of your document root directory, and then stores its files in that subdirectory.

Addon Domains and sub domains may look like separate domains to viewers, but for the server it is the same.

Let’s see what happens whenever you create an addon domain.

  • 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

For example, if the primary domain was 'hoasted.com' and you assign the Addon Domain 'hoasting.com' to the folder 'hoasting', then the following URLs are possible:

  • hoasted.com/hoasting
  • hoasting.hoasted.com
  • hoasting.com

These paths access the same directory and display the same website. But in concern to your website's viewers going to hoasting.com, there is no evidence that they are being routed through hoasting.hoasted.com.

Some of the benefits of an addon domain include:

  • Add multiple domains with same hosting account
  • Save time and cost
  • Provide resources to client at one place (your website)
  • Approach your addon domain using various web site addresses
  • SEO benefits

How to create an addon domain in your cPanel account?

Note: depending on your hosting plan, we allow a max number of addon domains. Not sure how to create an addon domain for your account? Contact support@hoasted.com.

1. Log in to your account.

2. Navigate to Domains > Addon Domains.

The Addon Domains page will be displayed.

create an addon domain

3. In the Addon Domains section, enter the following details.

Field

Description

Example Value

New Domain Name

Refers to the new addon domain's name. When you add a domain name, subdomain or FTP username text box will be automatically displayed.

123.563.236

Subdomain

Refers to the name of the sub domain.

123.563.236

Document Root

Refers to the directory that contains the addon domain’s files.

/public_html/123.563.236

Create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain

Specify whether or not you want to create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain.

Checked

FTP Username

Refers to the FTP user name. This field will be automatically populated.

domain@domain.com

Password

Refers to the password for FTP login.

*********

Password (Again)

Re-enter password for confirmation.

*********

Strength

Password strength is graded on a scale of 100 points. 0 indicates a weak password, while 100 indicates a very secure password.

Some web hosts require a minimum password strength. A green password Strength meter indicates that the password is equal to or greater than the required password strength.

Note: A strong password is very important to maintain security.

Very Strong (100/100)

Password Generator

Refers to the built-in password generator to generate a strong password. For more information, refers to the section, https://www.hoasted.com/tutorials/email/how-do-i-create-email-account-cpanel

4. Click Add Domain.

The message box informing you about the creation of addon domain will be displayed.

addon domain creation

Note: When an addon domain is created, the system automatically adds a subdomain. You can edit or remove it.

modify addon domain

From File Manager, the files can be added to the addon domain’s home directory.

file manager domain

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