How to Manage your Domains in cPanel

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Updated: October 27, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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Domain Name
A domain name is an easy-to-remember name that is associated with an IP address on the Internet. It is the unique name that appears after the @ sign in email addresses, and if used after the WWW in website addresses.
With this cPanel interface you can create or manage all your domain names from one place

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Add a New Domain to Your Hosting Account

First, make sure the desired Domain is using RSH Web Services DNS or Name Servers

cPanel Domains

To create a domain name, perform the following steps:

1) Click Create a New Domain. A new interface will appear.

2) Enter a fully qualified domain name in the Domain text box.
To create a new domain, enter the new domain name. For example, ""
To create a subdomain, enter a new name followed by a period (.) and then the website’s domain name. For example, enter "" to create a subdomain of

3) Optionally, you can specify the directory where you want the files for the domain to exist (the domain’s document root).
To create this directory, deselect the Share document root with “” checkbox, where represents your main domain name.

You can now go ahead and upload content for your new domain name into the corresponding document root either with the File Manager or FTP

Note: The interface automatically populates the remaining text boxes, and we recommend that you use these values. However, you can enter different values in the Document Root (File System Location) and Subdomain text boxes if you desire.
This setting only appears if your hosting provider enables it.

To automatically redirect the new domain’s visitors from the insecure version of the website to the secure version, set the Force HTTPS Redirect toggle to On.

Click Submit or click Submit and Create Another Domain.

List Domains

Note: Some settings only appear if your hosting provider’s settings enable them

This interface lists your domain names.


Click Domain to sort the list alphabetically by account name.

Click an individual domain name to visit the public-facing website.

Note: The Main Domain label identifies the domain that your hosting provider listed to create this account

Document Root

Click Document Root to sort the list alphabetically by relative directory paths.

Click the home icon () or the file path to navigate to the File Manager interface for that domain. A new interface will appear.

Note: This interface displays an unlinked file path if your hosting provider disables the File Manager interface
For more information, contact your hosting provider

Redirects To - If the listed domain name Redirects to a different domain, the destination will appear here. Click a domain to visit the public-facing website. A new tab will appear.

Note: To manage redirects, navigate to the Redirects interface

Force HTTPS Redirect

To automatically redirect the new domain name’s Visitors from the insecure version of the website (HTTP) to the secure version (HTTPS), set the toggle to On.

To disable redirection to the secure version of the website, set the toggle to Off.

Important: You can only enable redirection on main domains that also possess a valid SSL certificate. If you can’t enable redirection for your domain names, contact your hosting provider

The toggle will not appear for Aliases.

Note: Select the appropriate checkboxes and then click Force HTTPS Redirect On or Force HTTPS Redirect Off at the top of the table to perform this action on multiple accounts


To manage additional settings, click Manage. A new interface will appear.

Create Email
To create email addresses for the domain, click Create Email. The Email Accounts interface will appear.

Show Associated Subdomains
To show Subdomains that the system automatically creates, perform the following steps:

• Click the gear icon.

• Click Show Associated Domains.

Note: This setting is only available if an addon domain name exists


Note: These settings only appear if your hosting provider enables them

Use the Manage the Domain interface to manage the domain’s document root directory, remove the domain name, or perform other actions. From the Additional Resources menu, you can select the following actions to perform in a new browser tab:

• Create an Email Address - Add an email address to the website.

• Create a Site with Site Publisher - Quickly create a simple website, even if you have never created a website before.

• Modify the Zones - Create, edit, and delete Domain Name System (DNS) records.

• Modify the Redirects - Send all the visitors of a domain or particular page to a different URL.

New document root

The domain’s document root directory defines the domain name’s directory relative to the cPanel account’s home directory.
For example, enter in the New Document Root text box for a cPanel account that uses the /home/username home directory. That domain’s files will reside in the /home/username/public_html/ directory.

Note: This setting only appears if your hosting provider enables it.
This action changes the directory where the server searches for your files. It does not rearrange your files in any way.
You cannot modify the document root directory for domains that share that directory with the main domain

To provide a new document root directory, perform the following steps:

• Enter a new path, relative to the user’s home directory.

• Click Update.

Remove the domain

• To remove the domain from the cPanel account, perform the following steps:

• Click Remove Domain.

• To confirm that you wish to remove this domain, click Yes, remove this domain.

Note: We strongly recommend that you create a full account backup before you remove a domain. For more information about backups, read our Backup documentation.
This action only removes the domain’s vhost entries and DNS entries. The server retains the domain’s directory and contents.
You cannot delete the main domain


Email accounts when you remove a domain

If you remove a domain that contains Email Accounts, those email accounts will not appear in the Email Accounts interface

However, the mail folders continue to exist on the server. If you add the domain again, the email accounts will reappear.

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