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If you have a Reseller account, create an additional cPanel account instead.

Expand stats snapshot cPanelYour account with InMotion Hosting may include the ability to host multiple websites depending on your hosting package. If you are unfamiliar with the package you are on you can determine how many add-on domains you can have in cPanel. Note: Some cPanel layouts may have the statistics listed in a column at the right of the page. Please see our page if you would like to know more about cPanel Hosting.

Once you are logged into cPanel, in the left hand menu pane click on Statistics to expand it out.

cpanel-statsHere you can find out how many add-on domains you currently have as well as the total number of add-on domains you can have. You can get more about your server from the cPanel stats like PHP version, MySQL version, Subdomains, MySQL databases used and more.

Add an Addon Domain from cPanel

  1. Once you are logged into your cPanel account, select "Addon Domain" under the "Domains" section:
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  2. Next, you will need to fill out the details of the add-on domain:
    addon2
    New Domain Name:

    Enter the domain name you are adding to your cPanel.

    Subdomain / Ftp Username:

    When adding a new domain to your account, cPanel automatically configures an additional FTP user for this domain. While most users doesn't need or use this account, cPanel requires that you enter an ftp username to continue.

    Document Root:

    The document root is the directory where the files for this website will be located. The default directory for new domains is public_html/NewDomain

    Password

    The password you enter here is the FTP password for the FTP user mentioned above. As previously stated, most users don't use this new FTP account, but cPanel requires that you enter a password here.

    Password (Again):

    Enter the above password again to ensure you are typing it correctly.

     

  3. Once you are finished filling in the details, select the "Add Domain" button.

Note that there may be a time delay before the domain begins working on the serer. This is known as propagation time. You can learn more about that in our propagation article.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up your first add-on domain.

Removing an Add-on Domain from cPanel

Removing an add-on domain is relatively simple and you can do so within cPanel itself.

  1. Simply click on the "Add on Domains" icon within cPanel.
  2. Now, scroll down and find the list of addon domains.
  3. Next to the addon domain you want to select "remove" and you can remove the add-on domain.
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  4. Please keep in mind, removing the add-on domain from within cPanel does not affect the domain name registration. If you would like to remove the domain name from your account permanently you can do so in AMP. 

    Learn more about cPanel's domain management tools by clicking here.

    Please check the next article on Adding a Parked Domain to cPanel. If you missed our previous article, please see the New Domains: Add-on, Parked, and Subdomains tutorial. For more information on this course please visit Managing your Domains in cPanel.

Continued Education in Course 203: Managing your Domains in cPanel
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Section 2: How to Setup a Domain Redirect in cPanel
Section 4: How to Park a Domain in cPanel

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n/a Points
2015-04-30 5:47 am

I don't get the success message when I try to add a second domain. My error message reads "The domain already exists in the Apache configuration".

And yet I don't see this domain in the list of addon domains when I visit this area. ???My primary domain is chronicles******.com, and I would like to addon affordabl********.com.

Please help?

Staff
26,060 Points
2015-04-30 1:32 pm
Hello Kasey,

Thank you for contacting us. I checked your cPanel, and see "affordablyna*****.com" listed as an Addon domain.

Are you still having trouble?

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-05-01 7:11 am

Hi John-Paul!

Yes, I've figured it out now.... had to remove the WP installations and re-import the files. Everything's working now :-) Thanks for writing!

n/a Points
2015-05-16 10:04 am

Once I add a domain to my account  do I go about setting up the new web site like I did fo my primary domain? For example, pick a WP theme, install it and begin to build your site?

 

Thanks, Jim

Staff
40,730 Points
2015-05-18 2:50 pm
Hello Jim,

You simply install WordPress to the new domain name. It will be located in a dropdown on the Install Form.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-05-19 7:01 pm

Hi,

 

My domain is with domain.com and my hosting is with someone else.

Do I need to change my nameservers on domain.com? or leave them as they are by default?

many thanks

Staff
35,728 Points
2015-05-21 9:47 am
Hello Leon,

The name servers of your domain should be changed to InMotion's name servers if you want the DNS to be handled automatically for you. Otherwise, you will need to make several record changes in your DNS to point web and mail services to InMotion. The default name servers for InMotion Hosting are ns.inmotionhosting.com and ns2.inmotionhosting.com.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-05-23 5:18 am

I have added an Addon Domain called acc.org to mu cPanel. If i type in the URL bar "http://acc.org" all is fine. when i simply type "www.acc.org" I get an error message....anyone help with this?

Staff
10,077 Points
2015-05-26 10:44 am
Hello Darren,

When I try to go to http://acc.org it automatically redirects to www.acc.org. Can you please let us know if the problem has been resolved or provide a url that is currently not working?

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
2015-06-03 2:59 pm
Hello,
I feel like I'm missing something simple... After setting up an add-on domain, I seem to be running into an issue where www.newdomain1.com/index.html (desired) can also be viewed at the URL www.maindomain.com/newdomain1.com/index.html (undesired) and www.newdomain2.com/faq.html can also be viewed at www.maindomain.com/newdomain2.com/faq.html, etc. How do I fix that?

Thanks,
Jen
2015-06-03 3:25 pm
Sorry... it seems like no matter how I try, I can never find/figure out an issue until *after* I've posted, and then I stumble across it! I think I've got this sorted by setting up 301 redirects in cPanel specifying: maindomain.com/newdomain1.com/ redirects to http://www.newdomain1.com/ "Redirect with or without www" + "Wildcard Redirect"
I could swear I'd already tried that, but perhaps left out an important "/" somewhere or something.

Thanks!
Staff
35,728 Points
2015-06-04 10:40 am
Hello Jbartlett,

The re-direct is definitely the way to go. Check out setting up a 301 redirect for information on how to create a re-direct without using the cPanel. You an also request a change of the document root so that the primary domain is in a separate folder UNDER the public_HTML folder. This prevent others from accessing the URL, the way your'e implying.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-06-10 8:26 am

I don't get the success message when I try to add a second domain. My error message reads "The domain already exists in the Apache configuration".

And yet I don't see this domain in the list of addon domains when I visit this area. ???I have My primary domain and I would like to addon other domain.com.

Please help?

Staff
35,728 Points
2015-06-11 3:38 am
Hello Michael,

Sorry for the frustration, but we would need to know what domain name you're trying to add in order to determine why you're seeing the error. Please provide more information and we would be happy to help.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-07-08 11:45 pm

Hello everyone,

 

I have 1 questions regarding the addition of a new domain:

I bought a 2 years Power Plan (~ $161). I already added 2 new domains on this Power Plan account (each domain costing ~ $15). How many new domains can I add to my Power Plan? 2? 5? More?

 

Thank you in advacne for your support!

Best,

Andre

Staff
26,060 Points
2015-07-09 12:40 pm
Hello Andre,

Thank you for contacting us. A Power Plan can have up to 6 total domains on 1 account. Here is a link to our comparison chart, which lists your specifications.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-07-22 11:21 am

Hi there,

I recently set up an add-on domain to my account. Does the new domain get its own C-Panel or is that only for the primary domain? I have waited for over the 24-hour propagation time for my add-on domain and I haven't seen one for it. I ask because later I will be moving my website to the Inmotion server and want to add email and some PHP features to it later. I just didn't know if I'm missing something or what. So if someone could clarify this, I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Staff
35,728 Points
2015-07-22 11:41 am
Hello Heather,

Thanks for the question. The only time that creating an account grants another cPanel is when you create separate accounts on a VPS or Dedicated server. Using an ADD-ON domain does not allow you have a separate cPanel for that account. You can create separate emails, once the domain is pointing to us and you have made it into an add-on domain.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-10-02 4:24 am

Hi I am confused I know I am allow 6 domains as a I have Power Hosting option. My question is if my main domain here is boblikesdogs.com can I add another domain/site  called Ilikeapples.com as examples?

Staff
26,060 Points
2015-10-02 11:18 am
Hello Sean,

Thank you for contacting us. Yes, if you Addon the new domain as described above, it will function as a separate website. It will create a new folder (Document Root in Step 2 above) for storing the separate website files.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-10-11 6:47 pm

HI I am new here I understand the concept of add on domain by reading the replies and watching couple of videos, but my question is when you buy the power plus plan you get to have one free primary domain and 6 addon domains and by the video you can add the addon domain easily but do you have to register the addon domain and does it cost money to register them or are they free?

Staff
40,730 Points
2015-10-12 9:15 am
Hello Waleed,

Yes, each domain name would need to be purchased, either here or with another registrar.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-10-13 9:21 am

Hello

I have added an addon domain(addon.com) in my cpanel.

But when I enter http://addon.com it will redirect to http://addon.com/addon.com/

How to fix it? Thank you very much..

Staff
10,077 Points
2015-10-14 12:54 am
Hello Sam,

Can you please provide the domain in question so we may troubleshoot. Have you checked the .htaccess file for any redirects?

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2015-11-29 9:44 pm

Hello Support,

In addon Domains, in the New Domain Name box I enter: xxx.mydomain.com

I keep getting the message "You cannot park a domain on top of itself.'  is this becaue I am using the '.' after xxx?

Also - but if I go inot the Subdomains section of Cpanel and just add 'xxx' in the Subdomain box and press create, it approves it. Will this give the same result that I cannot achieve in Addon Domains?

 

Please advice, thank you.

 

 

Staff
40,730 Points
2015-11-30 6:38 pm
Hello Peter,

Yes, what you were doing was attempting to add a subdomain in the addon domain tool. Using the subdomain should give you the result you are after.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-12-30 3:25 pm

hey I have  purchased a domain from my AMP four days ago, I still can't see it's c-panel or even see something if I type the url of the domain I bought. When I click on the domains I manage in my amp I see the domain indicated there.

please I need help. Thanks

Staff
35,728 Points
2015-12-30 4:05 pm
Hello Stephen,

Thanks for the question about the cPanel for your domain. Basically, unless you have a VPS or Dedicated server account, you do NOT get a separate cPanel for every domain name that you register. You only get a cPanel for the primary domain. If you're on a VPS or dedicated server, you would simply create an account, assign it to the domain and it would be a separate cPanel for each account (with a unique user name).

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-12-31 3:16 pm

Hello, I am trying to add an addon domain.

When I tab down after entering the domain, at Document Root, it automatically generates a public_html/strategizehealth.com

In the tutorial, it states I can remove the .com but I want to keep it consistent with what I have. My main domain is www.lifesacademics.com could you tell me if it has the .com or not? 

Also, on paper lantern, adding an ftp account is optional and if I choose it, will need to set a password. Can I do this afterwards? And if I dont, will I still be able to install Wordpress?

 

Thanks,

 

Tony

Staff
26,060 Points
2015-12-31 5:40 pm
Hello Tony,

Thank you for contacting us. Since this is a public forum, I have marked out your domain for security purposes.

Your main domain will have a document root of "public_html" by default. When you add a domain and set the document root, it is really a personal preference.

You do not need the FTP account to install WordPress using Softaculous. You must create a password to create an FTP acount (for security purposes), but you can always change the FTP password in cPanel at any time.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-01-06 9:54 pm

Thanks! This was very helpful! 

n/a Points
2016-01-15 6:30 pm

I got an error saying "That is not a valid domain."I do have the domain pointed to Inmotionhosting servers. Do I have to wait until the domain is picked up by your servers before I can add it in Cpanel?

Staff
10,077 Points
2016-01-15 10:47 pm
Hello Adrian,

No the domain does not have to be pointed to us in order for you to add it to cPanel. Are you sure you are typing in everything including the .com and making sure there are no spaces?

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2016-01-21 9:30 pm

I've created an addon domain easily enough, but I'm confused about databases. I'll be adding additional Wordpress installations to my hosting account - I assume each url/site should have its own database. How do I accomplish this?

Staff
26,060 Points
2016-01-22 3:45 pm
Hello Gregg,

Thank you for contacting us. You can create databases in your cPanel at any time.

Also, if you install a CMS (such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) from Softaculous, it will create a database for you automatically.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-02-17 8:29 am

You can create databases but when I try to create one it gives you by default the name of the cpanel user, and there is no option to change it.My databases will always have that prefix?

 

Best Regards

Staff
11,901 Points
2016-02-17 10:29 am
Yes, that's the naming convention of cPanel. The databases begin with the cPanel username. There's no way to change it.
n/a Points
2016-02-27 8:57 am

I added an add-on domain but now that it is completed, I am noticing on my account that I have 3 options: my fist main domain, the add-on, and then a combination of the two that appears like this domain.domain2.com

I went into my folders and not only is the add-on domain listed, the combination of the two (main and add-on) appears as a subdomain.

Please explain and clarify.

Thanks!

Staff
40,730 Points
2016-02-29 2:50 pm
Hello Tony.

Although subdomains can be created without an addon domain, an addon domain automatically creates a subdomain. This is normal cPanel operation and is necessary for cPanel to keep things straight.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2016-05-20 8:19 am

My current sites are up and running on O365-SharePoint Online E1 environment, my requirement is to map below user friendly URL's to Private Domain of SharePoint Online.

 

Does cPanel help me to configure the redirection of the same?

 

Also let me know does your cPanel will support, in case my domains are registered with any other Hosting Provider?

 

 

User Friendly URL

Default URL

docs.MyCompany.co.za

https://MyCompany-docs.sharepoint.com

intranet.MyCompany.co.za

https://MyCompany-intranet.sharepoint.com

 

 

 

 

Staff
10,077 Points
2016-05-20 8:57 am
Hello Amjad,

You can use domains registered at different providers. However the redirection issue may present a problem if you can not use a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2016-05-25 11:55 pm

As I got from previous responces here, addon domain doesn't guarantee you another C-Panel. So how do I create a new website? I'm not going to pay for DNS or Dedicated Server acc, that's insane. 

Staff
26,060 Points
2016-05-26 10:34 am
Hello Damian,

Thank you for contacting us. When you Addon a domain, it creates a new folder for storing the separate website.

You can then build your separate website, or install a CMS (such as WordPress, Prestashop, etc.) using Softaculous.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-06-01 2:26 am

I have the Power account but I don't see an icon for "Aliases" or "Parked Domains."

Staff
40,730 Points
2016-06-01 10:38 am
Hello Jus,

You will want to get with Live Support about this as there should be icons in your cPanel. If not, they can configure it to have them.
n/a Points
2016-06-15 4:27 am

Hi,

Do I lose my addon domain if I delete my main domain?

Staff
35,728 Points
2016-06-15 6:29 am
Hello Crys,

If you delete ALL of the folders under the primary domain installation (in the PUBLIC_HTML folder), then yes you will lose it. However, if you leave the folder in place, then the domain should remain operational.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-07-04 3:21 am

Hey so I just recently purchased another domain from godaddy.com and I added as an add on domain under my main domain and Deluxe hosting that I purchased before. I completed what you guys said in the tutorial and now my new domain is listed as an add on. However, now I have no clue how to create a website for this new domain. I've looked at other tutorials and they all say that I need to upload the website files (index.html and similar files) under the Public_html for my new add on domain. But I have no idea what files I'm supposed to upload or how to get them. I have installed WP for my new domain but it hasn't changed anything the website is still not running. I can't even access the wp-admin. Any sort of help would be appreciated thank you very much.

Staff
6,421 Points
2016-07-05 10:13 am
Creating the addon domain also sets up a directory for that domain, into which you can place the website files. I advise checking out our Getting Started Website Guide. That guide will help by identifying what files you can upload to the website and how you can identify them and use them. Likewise, the WordPress tutorials may be of help to you.
n/a Points
2016-07-28 7:18 am

Thank you for the video. Very well-explained.

n/a Points
2016-09-08 4:15 am

Hello everyone,

 

I have 1 questions regarding the addition of a new domain:

How can i add domain through terminal.Is it possible through terminal in linux..?

Best Regards,Ritwik

Staff
26,060 Points
2016-09-08 11:35 am
I found a possible solution, where you create an addon with a PHP script. This script can then be run from command line.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-10-22 2:39 am

i have a domain i want to transfer into my hosting cpanel, i hve change name server but after 24 hrs not show in my cpanel what i do

Staff
26,060 Points
2016-10-24 9:30 am
Look at your WHOIS information to confirm the nameserver change is showing. Can you provide your domain for us to test?

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-11-16 5:01 pm

Good Afternoon,

I'm attempting to set up an Addon Domain but continue to get an "Sorry, An error occurred while adding dns zone:" error message.  I do receive green checks for all of the fields.  I'm adding a simplyindulgentcatering.com domain (from iPower) with DNS servers pointed to InMotion Hosting to my StrategyDrivenProfessional.com VPS account.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

All the Best,

Nathan

Staff
35,728 Points
2016-11-16 6:18 pm
Hello Nathan,

Sorry for the problems with adding your domain as add-on domain. If the domain is undergoing any type of domain propagation, then you may need to allow for up to 24 hours for it to complete. If you continue to have problems your best course of action is to contact our live technical support team over phone/chat/email so that they can reset your DNS zone for you if needed.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,
Arnel C.

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