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5/13/2015 – How to Remove Addon Domains and Subdomains

Posted by Jamison on 13 05 2015.

There are times when a web developer no longer wants to host an addon domain and all subdomains under it. Almost all hosting providers to date provide the ease of deleting orphaned domains on the Control Panel Interface, for as long as these are not the primary domain.


The control panel allows a user to manage files, create or remove emails, domains, subdomains and other features of the primary account. Treated like a Subdomain, an addon domain is a unique URL that has the full functionality of the primary account (emails, logs, redirects and FTP access), but shares the parent account’s CPanel. Changes made in an addon domain’s settings will only be applicable to it, and will not impact on the parent account.




Removing an addon domain is as easy as creating the same. The account owner just needs to log in to the CPanel’s Domain section, and check if the URL to be deleted is in the Subdomains list. Depending on the web host, another list specific to Addon Domains can be provided. Once the URL has been located, he just needs to go to the Actions column, and click on the Remove button in order to remove the domain. He will then be directed to a confirmation page wherein he has to complete the action. Once the addon domain is deleted, all subdomains under it automatically follow.



Nonetheless, instead of removing addon domains, some web developers use them as redirects to a primary domain. While no longer functional, expired or orphaned URLs still have link associations that can drive traffic to a primary website. They can also be used as monetized parked domains wherein web publishers or affiliates can host advertising content, and the owner gets paid for every click or referral.


Conversely, if an account’s storage capacity has been exhausted, it is advisable for a web developer to acquire another full account from a web host, and migrate the contents of his addon domain to his new account. That is, of course, only if the addon domain is of big importance, and would need separate hosting. Otherwise, in case of bandwidth issues, deleting it would be a better option.


While it was mentioned that it is relatively easy to delete an addon domain, a developer should also be cautious, as system errors could appear when performing removal. On rare instances, some URLs appear to be deleted from the Subdomain or Addon domain folder, but their DNS settings remain in the account. This could cause a problem especially if the deleted domain will have to be re-added for future use. This would cause the system to prompt that the re-added domain has already been configured. If this happens, the owner should report the case to his web host’s support hotline. Most hosting companies now offer 24 hours of technical support, and can offer solutions real time. They can remotely remove the DNS settings on his behalf especially if he does not have root access to the primary account.