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Multiple (Add-on) Domains


Multiple Websites. This is one of the most important features for our shared hosting accounts.

Just imagine the luxury of being able to have several websites under one control panel without having to pay any extra monthly fees. It isn't unusual for a single person or business to own more then one or two websites... and the monthly fees for of all of these individual website hosting accounts can really add up! That's why we have created this incredible feature to do the obvious: help reduce overhead costs and allow you to have all your individual websites under one plan.

Of course, you should never be too careful, which is why this page exists -- to help show you how everything works.

First of all, this feature does not cost you a dime as it is included with all ET01 or higher shared hosting plans. (With our reseller/wholesale plans, you can easily enable/disable this add-on feature for each cpanel account you create.)

Second, with each extra website, you are still able to have the following functions:

  • Separate email addresses
  • Separate FTP accounts
  • Separate webmail
  • Easily manage sub-domains
  • Easily check website statistic

With the cpanel control panel, the feature of adding an additional website to your account is called the "add-on domain" feature. We will refer to the additional website as an "add-on domain".

To help explain the details and logistics of how this works, we're going to use an illustration. Let's say your main domain is timber.com (with a username of "timber") and your "add-on" domain is lumber.com. Simple enough.

The files for your lumber.com add-on domain will actually rest within a new folder under your main timber.com folder. For instance, these domains would point to the following folders:

timber.com --> /home/timber/public_html/
lumber.com --> /home/timber/public_html/lumber/

You can see that the "lumber" folder is the folder used for the lumber.com website files. The lumber.com can be accessed in any of the following ways:

      • lumber.com
      • lumber.timber.com
      • timber.com/lumber

When you visit lumber.com in your browser, you will never see the timber.com "parent" site. The lumber.com domain will act as its OWN website! That's right, your website visitors will never know you are using the add-on domain feature.To your visitors, it looks just like a completely different website.

Some advanced users may question how this works. Simple. Each add-on domain acts as it's own website and all DNS entries point to the add-on folder as if it were another separate hosting account at ET Web Hosting.



Now... let's answer some questions:

2) Do I have to pay anything for these add-on domains?

Not one penny. This service comes standard with all our ET01 plans or higher.

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3) How do I add an add-on domain to my main account?

You'll be surprised at how simple this process really is! First, you will need to register your desired domain name with a registrar. Once you have rights to the domain name, you will then need to add that domain to your main ET Web Hosting account. (In the example below we will add the domain timber.com to our main account, which is etwebhosting.com.)

To begin, you will need to login to the CPanel area of your main ET Web Hosting account. Once inside your account, find the Site Management Tools section (or the Domain section - depending on your CPanel theme) and then select the Addon Domains link.

So far so good. You will be taken to a page similar to a page similar to the following:

You should now fill in the required fields. As shown above, we have already entered our new add-on domain, timber.com, into the NEW DOMAIN NAME field. To make things simple, the username/subdomain we have associated with this name is identical to the add-on domain. (We recommend you do the same thing since it will make things easier for you to remember.) We have specified a password of "lumber" for the add-on domain.

Once you click on the Add button, you may have to wait a few moments as the server does its magic to create the new add-on domain and configure all the necessary files. Once completed, you should see something similar to the following:

It is important to NOT use the nameservers mentioned, but instead use the nameservers specified within your Welcome Email. (The email that you received when first signed up for your main account with ET Web Hosting.)

You have now set up the add-on domain on your server for your account. However, you must still "point" the domain name to the ET Web Hosting servers. Simply go to your domain name registrar and modify the nameservers for the add-on domain to use the same nameservers as your main domain. (As specified in your Welcome Email.) If you need a hand with anything just submit a new helpdesk ticket.

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4) What are the nameservers for my new domain(s)?

It is very important that you use the same nameservers that are used for your main domain name. They should be specified in your Welcome Email.

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5) Can I have Email, FTP, subdomains with my new domain(s)?

You sure can! And it can all be done from within your CPanel! To help illustrate, if you were to go in any of the mentioned areas, such as adding a new email account, you will now see something similar to the following (continuing with our example of using the add-on domain of timber.com):


After you've added at least one add-on domain, you should see a drop-down list similar to the one above. Just be sure to create your new email account, ftp account, or subdomain by picking the correct domain. It's as simple as that.

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6) How do I access my new add-on site(s) with my FTP account?

You may do this through one of two ways:

1) Through your main FTP account. You may access the files for your add-on domains through your main domain's FTP account. (Your main CPanel username and password.) You will find the files for your add-on domain under the public_html folder in with whatever Username/Subdomain you specified when you created the add-on domain. So using our example above, the files for the timber.com add-on domain would be located here:

/home/accountname/public_html/timber/

2) Through your automatic add-on FTP account. With every add-on domain you create, a special add-on FTP account is also automatically created. (You can see this ftp account by going to the "FTP Manager" area of your CPanel.)

Use the following credentials when configuring your FTP client to access only the add-on folder:

Hostname: ftp.maindomain.com (Where maindomain.com is your main CPanel domain name.)
Username:
addon_username@maindomain.com (Where addon_username is the
username/subdomain you specified when creating the add-on domain and maindomain.com is your main CPanel domain name.)

Password: Use whatever password you specified when creating the add-on domain.

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7) How many domains can I add? Is there a maximum?

Each hosting plan that allows multiple websites has a maximum number of websites that you may create. Please see the shared web hosting comparison chart for details.

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8) Can I give away (or resell) these add-on domains to my family or friends?

Yes, this is no problem. Once an additional website is created, you are free to do with it whatever you desire as long as the website complies with all of our policies.

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9) How do I view the website statistics stats for my new add-on domain(s)?

Simple. Log into your CPanel and find the Analysis and Log Files section. Click the link called SubDomain Stats.

You will see a listing of all your subdomains. Just click on the sub-domain that represents your add-on domain (timber.etwebhosting.com) and you will be taken to its very own statistics page.

NOTE: You must allow a good 24-48 hours for the new add-on subdomain link to appear. The add-on domain will not show in the listing right away because the log files will not yet exist until the logs are generated on the normal server cycle.

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10) What is the difference between an add-on domain & a parked domain?

A Parked Domain is placing a domain "on top of" another domain, which in turn effectively points all web and email traffic address to the parked domain to the domain it is parked on top off.

For instance, if your main account is main.com and you park the domain called parked.com on top of main.com, then each time a user types in main.com, they will automatically be taken to parked.com. The files will be displayed from the main.com website, but the browser will still show parked.com in the address location bar.

An add-on domain basically allows for the use of a completely new domain, with its own website files.

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11) What is the difference between add-on domains and a Reseller Account? 

This is very popular question and it has very simple answers:

1) Add-on domains are all managed within the same CPanel control panel. For example, if you want to create an email address for an add-on domain, you must log into the main domain's CPanel.

2) A reseller account gives you the ability to create as many true domain accounts as you would like. Unlike an add-on domain, each domain account created with your reseller tools will have it's very own CPanel contol panel and can be distributed or resold (at whatever price you like) to family, friends, clients, or businesses.

3) Add-on domains are only recommended for very simple websites. If you intend to use databases or complicated web programming, then we recommend a reseller account instead where you can actually create a seperate Cpanel account for each domain.

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