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What is difference between add-on domain and sub domain?

mikho

New member
an addon domain is usually another top level domain on the same account, it is different from the domain you entered when signing up.

A sub domain is a part of the original domain that you entered when signing up.

Example:

you signed up for a webhosting account and you would like to have your site under the domain "domainA.com"

a sub domain would then be "sub.domainA.com"
An addon domain would be "domainB.com"
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
an addon domain is just as it says a domain that you have added to your account.
so rather than have say 4 domains with 4 separate control panels like

domain1.com/cpanel
domain2.com/cpanel
domain3.com/cpanel
domain4.com/cpanel

where you have to remember usernames and passwords for each you can simply have

domain1.com/cpanel

and then add the other 3 domains as addon domains where you can control from the same control panel and same FTP etc.

a subdomain is simple a directory of the main domain

domain1.com

so you could have a sales site that would be

domain1.com/sales or sales.domain1.com
 

agmhost

New member
Interesting fact

An addon domain is a functional domain that can be created from within your control panel or it is a domain that is added to your hosting account. To put it in simple way, think of it as having multiple hosting packages all sharing the same control panel where you create email, forwarders etc. - the same way you do for the main domain within your hosting account. In addition, addon domain will not function unless the domain name is registered with a valid registrar.

Whereas, Subdomain is the portion of a domain name. What's more, subdomains allows you to put content in your URL before your domain name, such as blog. or shop. For instance, if your domain name is agmwebhost.com, then the subdomain name could look something like this: blog.agmwebhost.com

Did that make sense? If yes, Cheers! :):)
 

ughosting

HD Community Advisor
Staff member
an addon domain is just as it says a domain that you have added to your account.
so rather than have say 4 domains with 4 separate control panels like

domain1.com/cpanel
domain2.com/cpanel
domain3.com/cpanel
domain4.com/cpanel

where you have to remember usernames and passwords for each you can simply have

domain1.com/cpanel

and then add the other 3 domains as addon domains where you can control from the same control panel and same FTP etc.

a subdomain is simple a directory of the main domain

domain1.com

so you could have a sales site that would be

domain1.com/sales or sales.domain1.com

This is where I don't like cPanel.

In DirectAdmin you don't have the Domain and Add-On Domains concept, you just have multiple domains, so that I can delete the original domain and still have the account. But that's just aesthetics, I suppose.
 
An addon domain is an additional domain added to your account, you can add as many as you want depend on the number of addon domain allow by your hosting provider while sub domain is an extension of name to your main domain e.g mydomain.com/myname or myname.mydomain.com
 
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