Creating an Addon Domain

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This article explains what an Addon Domain is and how it can be accessed.

How an Addon Domain Works

An addon domain is a fully functional domain that can be created from within your control panel. This addon domain is a new, unique website hosted in a new folder on your account so that you can host several domains from one control panel. You can give an addon domain email addresses, forwarders, and more the same way as a primary (main) domain on the account.

Let’s start by logging in to your cPanel and search for Addon Domains.

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You then enter a new domain name, a unique user name for the domain and choose a good password. Like so:

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Click Add domain and voilà! You are done. Note that there may be a time delay before the domain begins working on the server. This is known as propagation time.

You host or point your add-on domain to a folder in the public_html folder of your main domain name. Like your main domain, you will need to register your add-on domain and set the nameservers for the add-on domain to point to the same nameserver as your main domain name. If your domain name is registered on our servers you can do that very easily on the website from your client area.

When you create an Addon domain, 3 things happen:

  1. a folder is created in the ‘public_html’ directory
  2. a subdomain is created for the primary domain and attached to the new folder
  3. the new domain name is associated with the subdomain

For example, if the primary domain was ‘abc.com’ and you assign the Addon Domain ‘123.com’ to the folder ‘123’, the following routes (URLs) would be true:

  • abc.com/123
  • 123.abc.com
  • 123.com

All three of these paths would access the same directory and show the same website. However, in concern to your website’s viewers going to 123.com , there is no evidence that they are being routed through 123.abc.com and everything will function as normally.

This all happens automatically when an Addon domain is assigned to an account; there is no further action necessary other than loading content into the addon domain folder.

Although addon domains do not have their own cPanel, you may still create email accounts, subdomains, QuickInstall installations, redirects, etc.

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