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WordPress is installable on any domain whether or not it is your primary domain. In Softaculoous, you can install WordPress on an add-on domain in the same manner that you would install WordPress on your primary domain.

This does not require an account with prior to setup!

Installing WordPress on an Add-on Domain from Softaculous:

  1. Login to cpanel and click on the "Softaculous" icon.
  2.  softaculous button in cpanel

  3. Once Softaculous opens, move your mouse over the Wordpress button and click the Install button.
  4.  selecting wordpress in softaculous

    This will bring up the WordPress installation options. You will be presented with several field options, below is a description of the settings, fill them in as needed. The important option is "Choose Domain," be sure to select your Addon domain here.

    Choose Protocol Choose how you want the domain to display in the address bar, remember the https addresses require an SSL. Available options are:
    http://, http://www., https://, and https://www.
    Choose Domain Choose the domain you want to install Wordpress on from the drop-down list. Your primary domain, and any addon or parked domains will be listed.
    In Directory Enter the directory you want to install Wordpress in, if you leave this blank it will install in the public_html/name of addon domain's directory. If you enter 'wordpress' here, you will access the site on:
    Database Name Enter a name for the database that will be created here.
    Table Prefix You can enter text here, and it will be added to the database table names.
    Site Name Enter a name for your site here, this can be changed later in the Wordpress Dashboard.
    Site Description Enter a description for your site here, this can be changed later in the Wordpress Dashboard.
    Enable Multisite Check this box to use the multisite option in Wordpress, which allows you to host multiple sites in one Wordpress installation.
    Admin Username The default username is admin, the name you enter here will be the name you use to to login to the Administrator's area or Dashboard for Wordpress.
    Admin Password Create a password, this will be used to login to the Dashboard section.
    Admin Email Enter a valid email address, if you forget your password a email will be sent to this address in order to reset it.
    Select Language From the drop-down menu choose the language that you want your Wordpress to be installed in. There are many popular options available.

    The final option is Email installation details to : If you enter an email address, a summary of the Wordpress installation will be sent to the address. I recommend using this feature and saving the email for future reference.

  5. After entering your preferred settings, click the Install button.
    softaculous installation button

  6. You will see a notification stating "Congratulations, the software was installed successfully," and it will list the addresses for your Wordpress site and the Administrative section. I recommend writing these down for your records.

     softaculous summary of installation

Congratulations, now you know how to install Wordpress on your Addon domain using Softaculous!

Continued Education in Course 101: An introduction to WordPress
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n/a Points
2014-03-09 3:03 pm

how to Choose Domain for installin wodpress in subdomain manually i cant install through fantastico???

11,186 Points
2014-03-10 11:07 am
Hello Dave,

I don't quite understand your question. Could you clarify?
n/a Points
2014-03-18 8:18 pm

Ok, followed all of the directions but when I go to the url or wp-admin the browser says it can not find the server. Whar's wrong. Thanks

35,060 Points
2014-03-18 10:16 pm
Hello Scott,
Sorry to hear that you're having issues. Without know your account name, the problem is probably related to the domain name that you're using. The following article shows you how to register a domain name.

I hope this provides enough information for you to get it going. Please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-03-31 12:39 pm


I've added WP installation as above with no problems, but when I got to wither or I get nothing. I have changed the name servers at the domain registrar to point to my host for this installation, but get nothing. Can you help please?

40,028 Points
2014-03-31 1:07 pm
Hello David,

I have visited the site and can see both the main page as well as the admin login area. It could be that you cannot see them due to a local caching issue. First clear your browser cache. If you still cannot see it, you may need to wait for the local DNS server cache to refresh. Then you will be able to see the site correctly.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-10-20 1:15 pm
It feels Softaculoous is the only way to install Wordpress in an add-on domain. Is that right?
25,520 Points
2015-01-12 12:05 pm
Hello Manolo,

Thank you for your question. You can manually install WordPresson an Addon domain, instead of using Softaculous.

Softaculous just simplifies the installation process for you.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-02-05 6:21 pm


I've recently joined you buying a hosting plan. And I have 2 questions regarding installation of several wordpress sites (not multisite):

1. All the folders of the new sites I'll install will be kept in the primary domain's folder (as subfolders), right? Also, ftp records of the addon domains will be kept there too, right?2. If the answer to the 1st question is 'yes' then, let's say I decide to transfer one of my sites to another hosting one day, won't there be any problems with that?



11,186 Points
2015-02-06 2:53 pm
All additional sites configured as an addon domain will indeed reside in a subfolder of the primary site. If you ever need to move the content to another location, you would simply move that subfolder as well as the database that the site uses to the other host.
n/a Points
2015-07-30 8:53 pm


lets say I have 5 websites, one is my main domain, and the other 4 are addon domains. If I install wordpress to root (main domain) will the htaccess interfere with the addon domains? If yes, how can I make it so that the addon domains are independent of the main domain and there is no interference?

25,520 Points
2015-07-31 10:26 am
Hello James,

Thank you for your question. You can simply create a new .htaccess file for each addon domain, which will allow them to have their own independent rules without interference.

Often, when you install a CMS, it will include its own .htaccess file as well.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2016-04-24 2:45 pm

If I add WP to an addon domain with softaculous, will that install update automatically just as the primary domain's wp installation does?

40,028 Points
2016-04-25 1:47 pm
The minor updates happen automatically due to WordPress itself. You will need to set Softaculous to make updates to the major releases for each install. This is part of the Advanced Options when you install the software.
n/a Points
2016-06-15 2:00 pm

After following all the proper steps, and getting a successful verification from Softalicious, the URLs for my new subdomain ( and the admin ( are resulting in error pages and 404s.  Any ideas as to what may be wrong?

35,060 Points
2016-06-16 8:43 am

When I looked at the URL, it doesn't look like it was defined in cPanel. You have to create a subdomain. Once the subdomain is selected, then it should be used during the installation through Softaculous.

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

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.

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