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Addon Domains

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Create an addon domain

To create an addon domain, perform the following steps:
  1. Enter the new addon domain’s name in the New Domain Name text box. When you enter the domain name, cPanel automatically populates the Subdomain and Document Root text boxes.
  2. To create multiple addon domains with the same username and different extensions (for example, and, manually enter a unique username in the Subdomain text box.
  3. To choose a document root directory other than the automatically populated value, manually enter the directory name in the Document Root text box.
  4. To create an FTP account for the new addon domain, select the Create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain checkbox. When you select this checkbox, additional settings will appear:
  • cPanel automatically populates the FTP Username text box. To select a different FTP account username, manually enter the desired username.
  • Enter and confirm the new password in the appropriate text boxes.
5. Click Add Domain.

SSL certificates

When you create an addon domain, parked domain, subdomain, or main domain, the system will attempt to automatically secure that domain with the best-available existing certificate.
  • If no certificate exists, the system will generate a self-signed certificate to secure the new domain.
  • If AutoSSL is enabled for the account that owns the new domain, the system will add a request for an AutoSSL certificate to secure the new domain and install it when it becomes available.

Subdomain creation

When you create an addon domain in the cPanel interface, the system automatically creates a subdomain. To alter or delete the subdomain after you create it, you may alter or delete the information that the addon domain’s website displays. The system stores and displays the addon domain’s traffic statistics as part of the subdomain’s traffic statistics.

Next steps

After you create an addon domain, you may wish to perform the following actions:
  • To add files to the addon domain’s home directory, click File Manager.
  • To create an email account on an addon domain, use cPanel’s Email Accounts interface (cPanel >> Home >> Email >> Email Accounts).
To delete or migrate the contents of email accounts of an addon domain, read our How to Migrate the Contents of Email Accounts in Addon Domains documentation.

Search addon domains

To search the list of addon domains, perform the following steps:
  1. Enter the search criteria into the Search box.
  2. Click Go.
The interface lists results that match your search criteria.

Modify the document root directory for an addon domain

To modify the document root directory for an addon domain, perform the following steps:
  1. Click the edit icon for the addon domain that you wish to manage in the Document Root column.
  2. Enter the path to the addon domain’s new document root directory 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 Manage Redirection for the addon domain that you wish to manage.
  2. To redirect the domain, enter the link to which you wish to redirect the addon domain.
  3. Click Save, or, to disable the redirection, click Disable Redirection.

Remove an addon domain

To remove an addon domain, perform the following steps:
  1. Click Remove for the addon domain that you wish to remove.
  2. Click Yes.

Addon domains vs. aliases

CharacteristicAddon domainsAlias domains
The main domain appears in the address bar.YesNo
The domain uses the following Apache directive:VirtualHostServerAlias
The domain uses separate logs.YesNo
The domain uses separate stats.YesNo
The system treats the domain as a subdomain (other than the URL).YesNo
This type of domain is ideal for multiple domains that share the same address.NoYes

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