How to set up an addon domain

The addon domain function in cPanel allows you to host additional domains on your HostPapa account. Each addon domain will appear to be a separate website to your visitors. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up an addon domain. 

How to purchase a domain

NOTE: If you already have a domain that you use for email accounts, you can skip to the step How to set up a cPanel addon domain”.

To host an additional domain on your HostPapa account, you need to first purchase the domain. You may do so through your HostPapa dashboard.

  1. Log in to your HostPapa dashboard.
  2. Click on My Domains.
    How to set up an addon domain

  3. Click on Register New Domain.
    Learn how to set up an addon domain

  4. Complete the secure form.
  5. Click Continue.

IMPORTANT: When setting up an addon domain where HostPapa is NOT your domain’s registrar, you must first change the DNS settings for that domain to HostPapa’s DNS servers. This allows the domain to propagate (typically 12-24 hours) before adding the domain in your cPanel. Your Login Information email contains the details for the DNS servers to use.

We have numerous tutorial videos about updating DNS entries through specific domain registration companies (registrars).

How to set up a cPanel addon domain

  1. Log into your HostPapa dashboard.
  2. Click on My cPanel and the domain name link (if you have more than one domain).
    Setting up addon domains through cPanel

  3. From the Domains section, click on Addon Domains.
    Learn all about addon domains with HostPapa

  4. Enter the domain name you would like to add – you don’t need to enter “www” before the domain.
  5. The Subdomain and Document Root fields will be auto generated. The default auto generated values are recommended.
    Learn how to set up an addon domain with cPanel
  6. (Optional – if you don’t need an FTP account, skip to step 7) To create an FTP account associated with the addon domain, simply click the checkbox next to that option.
    Tutorial: how to add an addon domain

    1. Enter a username that you’ll recognize later as associated with this domain.
    2. Enter a strong password for the FTP account.
  7. Click Add Domain.

New email accounts for the addon domain can also be set up under the mail settings in cPanel. From the Mail section, click on Email Accounts and set up your email address. You will be able to choose the addon domain from a pull-down menu in the setup screen.

More information

To learn more about domains, check out these HostPapa resources: 

If you need help with your HostPapa account, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

This article is also available in: French Spanish German

Related Articles