What's the difference between adding a Domain or a Addon Domain?

timesurfer

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Hi,

What's the difference between adding a Domain or a Addon Domain?

The reason I ask is because I need to use an already existing cPanel account (with a single domain in it, with a website and user emails) to manage a new domain (also with a website and user emails).

I understand the differences between:
- Aliases
- Addon Domains
- Subdomains

But I don't understand why the option "Domains" also appears, because from my perspective it seems to me that when adding a domain we should use Addon Domains.
 

quietFinn

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But I don't understand why the option "Domains" also appears, because from my perspective it seems to me that when adding a domain we should use Addon Domains.
Exactly, in a cPanel account there is one Main Domain, if you want to add another domain it has to be either Addon Domain or Alias.
 
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cPanelLauren

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The way the configuration in cPanel works - Addon domains or any domain that is added to cPanel after the primary is considered an addon domain, sub domain or alias. The verbiage used in the domains interface is there because you could add any of the three, not just an addon domain.
 

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I'm not sure I'm following how it's contradictory, could you explain what you mean? Domains is just an interface where you can view and manage all domain types on your account, addons, subdomains and alias domains, it's there so you don't have to go to separate interfaces to manage them all.
 
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timesurfer

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Domains is just an interface where you can view and manage all domain types on your account, addons, subdomains and alias domains, it's there so you don't have to go to separate interfaces to manage them all.
Good explanation!
Now I got it!
I wrongly thought that Domains had some kind of functionality that I was missing and couldn't be found in addons, subdomains or alias domains.
Thank you!
 
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Hi,
Adding Domain is your main domain associated with the service and addon domain is added additionally to that service.
These domain can be added via:
  1. cPanel > Domains > Domains
  2. cpanel > Domains > Addon Domains