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 for 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.


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 to 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).

HostPapa click on My cPanel

3. From the Domains section, click on Domains.

Click on Domains from My cPanel

4. Click on Create A New Domain.

Click on Create A New Domain - My cPanel

5. Enter the domain name you would like to add – you don’t need to enter “www” before the domain.

6. The Subdomain and Document Root fields will be auto-generated. The default auto-generated values are recommended.

How to set up an addon domain

7. Click Submit.

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.

Select Email Accounts in My cPanel

In the setup screen, you will be able to choose the addon domain from a pull-down menu to set your email up.

Set a subdomain email account

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.

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