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12/23/2013 – Handling Domains in cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 23 12 2013.

You website may not just consist of one page, hence you need subdomains. Then again you might not just be contented with one website, so you have to have an add-on domain. What happens when you leave an URL address to migrate to a new address? Will those who want to visit your site again get a dead end when they enter the old URL address? With cPanel, managing everything about your domain will become easy.


Here are some things you can do with the Domain section in cPanel.


Make subdomains


A subdomain is a URL addresses for different parts of your website. For example, the contact page or support page of any website are what you can call a subdomain.


To make a subdomain in cPanel, Go to the Domains section of your control panel then choose the Subdomains icon. Type the name of the subdomain you want to create in the blank under the Create a Subdomain section. A new folder for the subdomain will be created. Click the “Create” button to finish creating the subdomain.


Created subdomains will be listed on the bottom of the page under the “Subdomain.root domain” listing. If you want to create more subdomains you can do that from here. You can also manage them from there or completely delete them.


Make add-on domains


These are not subdomains, but rather completely different websites under the same cPanel account. Note that not all webhosts may allow this. Get permission first, some may require just one domain per account.


To create an add-on domain, click the Add-on Domains icon and type the name of your add-on. Be sure it has the same nameserver as your main domain. A new subdomain and FTP account will be created automatically. You also have to enter a new password for this new domain. Click on “Add Domain”.


You can create, manage or delete more add-on domains from this page also.


Make parked domains


These domains point additional domain names already owned by a site owner to the site itself. Take for example a search for a “reach us” page for a website leading users to the “contact us” page of that website. This is especially useful when visitors are looking for a particular page in a site but are not sure of the URL address.


First click Parked Domains then type the name of your parked domain in the blank under “Create a New Parked Domain” then click “Add Domain”.


Make redirects


Users may not know your site has moved to a new address, or that it has a really long URL address but they only know some keywords to find it. The Redirect feature makes sure they are taken to the correct page even if they typed in the old URL address or just type keywords in their search.


In the Domains section, click the Redirects icon and select if you want permanent or temporary redirection then enter the URL address of the page you want redirected and then click “Add”. Make more redirects as you see fit.


Handling your domain or domains can be an exercise of your patience if you don’t have the right tools. This is where cPanel steps in.