How to Add an Addon Domain in DirectAdmin: A Step-by-Step Guide Print

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In the continually evolving digital landscape, maximizing your web hosting capabilities is pivotal. Leveraging the addon domain feature in DirectAdmin can be a strategic move. Here, we walk you through the process of adding an addon domain in the DirectAdmin control panel, step by step, guiding you to efficiently utilize your hosting space for multiple websites.

Understanding Addon Domains

An addon domain functions as a separate website, with its own domain name, that is hosted from a single DirectAdmin account. This feature allows you to manage several websites without needing to purchase additional hosting plans. Each addon domain has its own directory, which houses the files of the website associated with the new domain.

Pre-requisites: Checking Your Nameserver Configuration

Before you add an addon domain, it is imperative to ensure your domain’s nameservers are correctly configured to point to your DirectAdmin hosting. To understand how to configure nameservers for Domain India's DirectAdmin web hosting, please refer to our comprehensive guide: Connecting Your Domain to Your Web Hosting - A Step-by-Step Guide.

Step-by-Step Guide to Adding an Addon Domain in DirectAdmin

  1. Log in to Your DirectAdmin Panel

    • Visit the DirectAdmin login page and sign in using your credentials.
  2. Navigate to Domain Setup

    • Once logged in, locate and select the "Domain Setup" or "Domain Management" option on the main menu.
  3. Add New Domain

    • Click on "Add Another Domain" to initiate the process of adding your addon domain.
  4. Configure Your New Domain

    • Domain Name: Enter the new domain name that you recently purchased.
    • Bandwidth and Disk Space: Specify the desired bandwidth and disk space allocations for your new domain.
    • DNS Records: Establish necessary DNS records such as A, CNAME, and MX records, ensuring they direct to the appropriate IP and servers.
  5. Set Up Email Accounts

    • Proceed to "Email Management" to create distinct email accounts for your addon domain, facilitating independent email functionalities.
  6. Upload Website Files

    • Utilize the "File Manager" or an FTP client to upload the website files for your new domain, organizing them in the dedicated directory assigned to your addon domain.
  7. Test Your Setup

    • After setup, ensure to test the domain by accessing it through various browsers to affirm it resolves correctly and to confirm that the email accounts are functioning properly through test emails.


You have successfully navigated the process of adding an addon domain in DirectAdmin. This feature not only economizes your hosting plan but also organizes and isolates various domains, enhancing management efficiency.

For any further assistance, you are welcome to consult our detailed knowledge base or to submit a ticket for specialized help.

Thank you for choosing Domain India as your trusted web hosting partner. We are here to facilitate your online growth journey with technically sound, and proficient solutions.

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