Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: buckworks & webwork

Message Too Old, No Replies

Do add-on domains work like regular domain names?

8:36 am on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 3, 2008
votes: 0

I have two sites hosted on two different plans, now I wish to host both on the same plan. I tried creating an addon domain on the hosting plan I wish to keep, but it appears that it is not working as expected. Is it actually possible to host different individual domain names on the same plan with the addon domains function? If not then what do I do? Thank you in advance.
9:57 am on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from GB 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member piatkow is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 5, 2006
votes: 50

I think this will depend on how your hosting service has set things up at their end. You will need to ask them for more information.

People here can tell you how things should work but that won't help if your host is not following best practice themselves.

10:18 am on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member marcia is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 29, 2000
votes: 0

The capability for creating add-on domains is part of some hosting accounts, but not all. If you can't with your current account, see about upgrading (or changing hosts).
11:11 am on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 3, 2008
votes: 0

Thank you for your replies.

Let's assume I have widget.com and example.com. I want to move widget.com to the same hosting plan with example.com

My problem is that when I created addon domain for widget.com what I got was widget.example.com. I wan't asked to point widget.com to the new hosting servers or anything. So that's not the really widget.com, it's just a subdomain, right?

I asked them about this, but they pointed me to the addon tutorial.

Could you at least tell me if what I described is the way that all addon domains work?

12:23 pm on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 24, 2003
posts: 318
votes: 0

An addon domain is specific to particular types of hosting accounts, for example, cpanel. Its not a universal function to all web hosts.

A Cpanel 'addon' domain is already IN a subfolder of the main domain. You cannot create subdomains on
addon domains. You will need to work with real domains and real subdomains instead (get a 'reseller' type account). The only good thing about addon domains is they can save you money hosting, at the expense of normal domain options, and are more a choice for pointing domains to one page than a choice for building a business on.

Here are various bits of info I have gathered over the years....

Add-on domains also are all managed within one control panel and cannot be used with pre-installed CGI-Scripts or the Fantastico panel.

It is important to understand that your add-on domain will rest within a folder in your main directory. For instance, these domains point to the following folders:

maindomain.com /home/maindomain/public_html/
addondomain.com /home/maindomain/public_html/addondomain/

What is an addon domain?
An addon domain is a fully functional domain that will work out of a folder in your main sites ftp.

Addon domain is a completely separate domain for your visitors, but for you it is inside your main domain and has no control panel of its own.

An add-on domain is a new domain name that points to a subdirectory within your existing domain hosting account, where the website for the new domain will reside.

The advantage of add-on domains is that the browser's address bar will show


(there will be no reference to the original domain), so the process will be totally transparent to your users. If your
users navigates to another page, their browser will accordingly show
[add-on-domain.com...] just like it should.

Can I create email accounts, databases, ftp accounts and subdomains on addon domains?

A - No. You can't create separate databases, ftp accounts and subdomains on addon domains because "addon domains" is simply a pointer to sub directory of
main website "public_html" folder.

3:34 pm on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 3, 2008
votes: 0

Thank you kwasher. That is very informative and really helped get a grasp of how things work. I've saved that page for future reference.

I have pretty much solved my previous problem except one thing. Do you know how I can use wordpress on an addon page? I'm trying to upload the file I downloaded from the wordpress site but I'm getting a message that "anonymous users can't upload files". I can't even upload files to my own hosted domain?