Addon Domains

An addon domain allows a new domain name to link to a subdirectory of your account. The addon domain’s files will be stored in a subdirectory of your public_html (Document Root) directory. Addon domains allow you to control multiple domains from a single account. The number of addon domains that you can use depends on the hosting package you have availed.

Create an addon domain

To create an addon domain, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter the domain for the new addon domain in the New Domain Name text box.

    Note: When you enter the domain name, cPanel automatically populates the Subdomain/FTP Username text box. If you want to create multiple addon domains with similar names (which will differ only in .com.net, etc.), manually enter a unique username into the Subdomain/FTP Username text box.

  2. Enter the directory that will contain the addon domain’s files in the Document Root text box.
  3. Enter the password for the addon domain into the Password text box.
    • Make sure you use a secure password.
    • You can use the Generate Password feature to generate a secure password.
  4. Confirm the password in the Password (Again) text box.
  5. Click Add Domain

    Note: When you create an addon domain in the cPanel interface, cPanel automatically creates a subdomain. If you alter or delete the subdomain after it has been created, you may affect or delete the information displayed in the addon domain's website.

  6. To add files to the addon domain’s home directory, click the File Manager link.

    Note: To access this addon domain’s home directory in the File Manager , click the link under Document Root.

Note: Web statistics for the addon domain will be found under the subdomain's URL in the statistics application.

Modify Addon Domain

Modify the document root for an addon domain

To modify the document root for an addon domain, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the notepad icon that corresponds to the addon domain that you wish to manage.
  2. Enter the new file path that you want to use as the document root in the available text box.
  3. Click Change.

Enable or disable addon domain redirection

To disable or enable redirection of an addon domain, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the Manage Redirection link which corresponds to the addon domain that you wish to manage.
  2. If you wish to redirect the domain, enter the link to which you want to redirect the addon domain in the available text box.
  3. Click Save.
    • To disable the redirect, click Disable Redirection.

Remove an addon domain

To remove an existing addon domain:

  1. Click the Remove link that corresponds to the addon domain that you want to remove.
  2. To confirm that you wish to remove the addon domain, click Yes.
  3. To keep the addon domain, click No.

Email accounts in addon domains

Email accounts can be created for addon domains. To learn how to set up an email account for an addon domain, read our Email Accounts documentation.

When you remove the addon domain, email accounts that are associated with the addon domain will no longer appear in the cPanel interface. However, the contents for this email account still exist in the mail folder of your home directory at: home/username/mail.

  • If the domain is added back to the same account as the primary domain, an addon domain, or a parked domain, the email accounts will reappear in the cPanel interface.
  • If the domain is moved to a different account, the email accounts will need to be added to the new account manually, and the contents of the email account will also need to be moved manually. The email accounts will need to follow the same format that they previously had: same name and same domain.
    • You can use the cPanel interface to add new email accounts.
    • To move one or all email accounts under a domain, please submit a support ticket so we can do it for you.