In cPanel, an “alias domain” refers to a domain that is set up to point to the same website content as another domain. Essentially, it allows you to create additional domain names that will display the same website as your primary domain. Alias domains are useful when you want different domain names to lead to the same website without having to maintain separate content for each domain.
Here’s how alias domains typically work in cPanel:
- Primary Domain:
- This is the main domain associated with your cPanel account. It is often the domain you used when signing up for your hosting service.
- Alias Domain:
- An alias domain is an additional domain that you configure to point to the same website as your primary domain.
- When visitors enter the alias domain in their web browser, they are directed to the same website content as the primary domain.
- Content Sharing:
- The content (files, databases, etc.) of the primary domain is shared with the alias domain. This means that any changes or updates made to the website under the primary domain will also apply to the alias domain.
- Emails and Subdomains:
- Alias domains can have their own email accounts and subdomains, but they often share the mail and subdomain structure of the primary domain.
- SEO Considerations:
- It’s important to note that from a search engine optimization (SEO) perspective, search engines may treat alias domains as separate entities. Therefore, it’s generally recommended to set up proper redirects to avoid potential duplicate content issues.
Here are the general steps to add an alias domain in cPanel:
- Log in to cPanel.
- Navigate to the “Aliases” or “Addon Domains” section (the terminology may vary depending on the cPanel version).
- Enter the alias domain name you want to add.
- Click on the “Add Domain” button.
After adding the alias domain, you may need to update your domain’s DNS settings to point to the same server as your primary domain.
Keep in mind that the exact steps and terminology may vary slightly depending on the version of cPanel provided by your hosting provider. Always refer to your hosting provider’s documentation or support for specific instructions tailored to your cPanel version.