Addon Domains

What is an addon domain?

An addon domain is a fully functional domain that can be created from within your control panel (find out how to log in to cPanel). Think of it as having multiple hosting packages all sharing the same control panel. You can give them email addresses, forwarders, and more the same way you do for your main domain on the account. The addon domain will exist inside the public_html directory of your account with the folder name you choose for it upon creation.


How do I create an addon domain?

You cannot create an addon domain if your DNS (nameservers) for the site you are trying to add hasn't propagated yet.

To create an addon domain, log in to your cPanel and click "addon domains". There are three fields cPanel asks for when creating an addon domain.

  1. "New Domain Name:" You will put in the Do not put www in the name!
  2. "Username/directory/subdomain Name:" This will be the folder cPanel creates in your main accounts public_html folder. MAKE SURE that the name you give it doesn't already have a folder.
    Example: If you want to give it the username chris. You cannot have a folder in your account named chris already. If you do and still try creating the username for the addon domain to be chris, you will corrupt multiple things on your account.
  3. "Password:" fill in any password you want here.

About addon domains:

Addon domains are handled like subdomains as far as the server is concerned but to the outside world they are separate domains. When you setup an addon domain, you enter the domain name (without www.) and the system will automatically suggest an appropriate folder and will create that folder, so don't make the folder first. You can enter any password you like. it doesn't have to be the same as the main domain.

You don't need to create a subdomain for the addon domain. An FTP account is created for the addon domain so when you FTP using that FTP account, it will direct you to the created folder for that addon and that's where you will upload the addon site.

If you need to change the password for the addon you do it through the FTP manager. To view stats for the addon, you look under subdomain stats. You will setup emails for the addon domain in the main cPanel.
Addon domains on a shared account do not have their own cPanel.


What is the path to an addon domain?

public_html/ADDON-DIRECTORY-NAME is the correct path. We cannot tell you what the directory name is since you created it and picked the name at the time.


I added an addon domain but saw a message about 'subdomain added'. What went wrong?

You may ignore that message. It is a fully functional domain name that can have its own emails, forwarders, and pages. cPanel calls it a subdomain because the addon domain exists in inside your sites public_html directory with the folder name you gave it upon creation. that's the normal behaviour.

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