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Having trouble adding WordPress to an AddOnDomain

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2013-04-13 10:11 am EST

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My main account works fine and has a WordPress blog on it. I just added 2 new domains to my account with the AddOnDomain feature. I managed to add WordPress to one of them no problem. But when I try adding it to the 2nd AddOnSite, I get this error message:
There is already public_html install of this addon.

Am I only allowed to add WP to 1 AddOnDomain? I'm on a VPS server so it should be unlimited, right?

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5,889 Points
2013-04-15 10:17 am EST
Thank you for your question akardon!

You can add as many WordPress installations as you want to as many domains on a VPS. Make sure you are selecting the domain from the drop box and that your have the <a href="">document root</a> different for each addon domain. You cannot install WordPress in the same folder of another WordPress installation. Please see the following link on this.

<a href="">Installing WordPress on an Add-on Domain</a>

Best Regards,
James R

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Hi James,
I think , akardon's trouble is not problem with addon domain.
He's having trouble adding WordPress using cPAddons Site Software in Cpanel
I have a same error message:
There is already public_html install of this addon.
when i'm using it to install wordpress.
3 Points
2013-06-06 12:39 am EST
Yes, that's my problem. Using the cpanel Site Software link, I'm trying to easily add another installation of WordPress to a different domain. But I keep getting that same "public_html" error.
3 Points
2013-09-04 9:10 am EST
Hello Andrewk,

Thanks for clarifying the issue! I believe the WordPress link should NOT be installing to the existing URL. If it tries, you'll get that error because you cannot have (as James indicated above) more than one WordPress installation in the same domain. If you are using the "Site Software" link as you have indicated, you should be able to change the installation URL so that it reflects the location that you wish to use for the installation. However, and here's the problem, if you have ALREADY created the add-on domain, then the folder for that domain will be there and the Site Software program sees and reports back to you saying "hey, that folder already exists!"

To be honest, I'm not sure WHY the Site Software installer won't simply recognize that it's okay to install that folder. There a few workarounds to resolve this issue.

  • Login to Cpanel, go to Add-on domains temporarily change the document root to something else. Run the install for WordPress, then go BACK to the Add-on domains and change it to the folder name that you used in the WordPress install.

  • Manually run the installation for WordPress in the folder that was created when the addon domain was created.

  • Obtain a license for Softaculous. This is the new multi-program installer. It does not have this problem with the existing folder.

I hope this resolves the problem for you! Please let us know if you need any further assistance.

Arnel C.
42,973 Points
2013-09-04 3:57 pm EST
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