Managing subdomains in cPanel

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Written by Dennis Nind

Last published at: February 8th, 2019

A subdomain is a subsection of your website that can exist as a new website without a new domain name. Use subdomains to create memorable URLs for different content areas of your site. For example, you can create a subdomain for your blog that is accessible through blog.example.com and www.example.com/blog 

(cPanel >> Home >> Domains >> Subdomains)

Overview

This interface allows you to create and manage subdomains for your cPanel account. A subdomain is a subsection of your website that sometimes exists as a subdirectory of your public_html (document root) directory or your account's home directory. Subdomains use a prefix in conjunction with the domain name. For example, if the registered domain name is example.com, the subdomain will be prefix.example.com. You can use subdomains to create unique user accounts for “vanity domains.” This is helpful if, for example, you have a blog, or any other type of website that uses a domain specifically titled for a user.

Note

Visitors cannot view your subdomain immediately. Changes to DNS records may require two days or more to reach all of the nameservers on the Internet.


Create a subdomain

To create a subdomain, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter the desired prefix in the Subdomain text box.
  2. Select the desired main domain from the menu.
  3. Enter the home directory for the subdomain in the Document Root text box.

  4. Click Create.


Warning

Due to the order in which Apache processes its configuration file, wildcard subdomains may disrupt the functionality of proxy subdomains. We strongly recommend that you use wildcard subdomains only when absolutely necessary, or when you do not need to use proxy subdomains.


Search subdomains

To search existing subdomains, perform the following steps:
  1. Enter the search criteria in the Search text box.
  2. Click Go.


Modify a subdomain

Modify the document root for a subdomain

To modify the document root for a subdomain, perform the following steps:
  1. Click the notepad icon that corresponds to the subdomain that you want to manage.
  2. Enter the new file path that you want to use as the document root in the available text text box.
  3. Click Change.

Enable or disable subdomain redirection

To enable or disable redirection of a subdomain, perform the following steps:
  1. Click the Manage Redirection link that corresponds to the subdomain that you wish to manage.
  2. If you wish to redirect the subdomain, enter the link to which you want to redirect the subdomain in the available text text box.
  3. Click Save.
  4. To disable the redirect, click Disable Redirection.

Remove a subdomain

To remove an existing subdomain, perform the following steps:
  1. Click the Remove link that corresponds to the subdomain that you want to remove.
  2. Click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the subdomain.
  3. To keep the subdomain, click No.