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The Importance of Using Add-on Domains in cPanel

Posted by Alex on 16 02 2017.

In the past, organizations that relied heavily on web hosting had to build their websites by hiring professionals who were highly skilled at coding and website programming. Today, creating and managing a website is an easy activity that almost any individual can achieve through the use of cPanel, which is a program based on Linux code with a graphical interface. As web hosting often requires administrators to manage multiple domains, cPanel makes this an easier task through using add-on domains. For those new to using cPanel here is a guide on how to use add-on domains to manage multiple accounts.


Step 1 – Accessing Add-on Domains


The first step in using add-on domains is to first access your cPanel Account on your computer by entering your username and email address. Once inside cPanel, scroll down to the Domains section that has features such as: Add-on Domains, Aliases, and Subdomains among others. Click on the Add-on Domains button to begin.


Step 2 – Creating an Add-on Domain


After clicking the Add-on Domains button, you will be directed to the Create an Add-on Domain page where you will need to fill up 3 query boxes. These boxes are: New Domain Name, Subdomain, Document Root. Fill these boxes with all the necessary information. Once all info has been added, click on the Add Domain button to progress.


  • Reminder 1. As you fill up the Username and Password boxes, you may encounter problems with the password that you enter because the system recognizes it as too weak and susceptible to hacking. To get a better password, it is highly recommended that you use the Password Generator option located in the right side of the Add-on Domain. This generator will compose a password that is unique and secure. Always remember to write down this password for future use.


  • Reminder 2. If you wish for your add-on domain to have its own FTP account, there is an accompanying option that you can check. This is the Create and FTP account associated with this Add-on Domain option.


  • Reminder 3. Many times your first few attempts will result in a notification that tells you that the domain failed to setup. This could mean that you will need to contact your system administrator or your hosting provider to give you further assistance.


Step 3 – Modifying an Add-on Domain


The next step in using add-on domains in cPanel is to modify your new add-on domain. To modify, click on the Go Back button on the Add-on Domain confirmation page. This will take you back to the Create an Add-on Domain page where you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Modify Add-on Page section. Here you can change the document root, manage the direction of the add-on domain, and remove the add-on domain. You may also edit the document root by clicking on the Pencil icon to change the name accordingly.