How to Create a Subdomain

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Creating a Subdomain

Subdomains provide a way to run multiple web applications on a single site.  For example, if your domain is site.com, a subdomain would be store.site.com. Site.com would be your company's web presence. The store subdomain would be the company's store front.

Please be aware that subdomains created in the process below are not part of your DotNetNuke installation. They work well for WordPress sites incorporated as blogs to the main DNN site, for example. Subdomains are not a supported feature in DotNetNuke.  If you want a second DotNetNuke website, you can create it by logging into your website as Host and going to Host > Site Management to create a DNN portal there. Please refer to our article on creating a domain alias in Plesk to ensure DNS is properly set up as well.

See How to Determine Which Version of Plesk Control Panel is Installed on a Server to know which set of directions to follow.
 
In Plesk 12.x:
  1. Log into your Control Panel.
  2. Choose the correct subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.
  3. Click on the Domains tab at the top.
  4. Click on the primary domain.
  5. Click on the Websites & Domains tab.
  6. Click on Add New Subdomain
  7. Put in the name of the domain and then enter the path of where you want the files for that subdomain to be and then click OK. 
    Note: This can be an existing folder and the new subdomain will use the files in that directory.

In Plesk 11.x:
  1. Log into your Control Panel.
  2. Choose the correct subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.
  3. Click on the Domains tab at the top.
  4. Click on the primary domain.
  5. Click on the Websites & Domains tab.
  6. Near the bottom, click on Add New Subdomain
  7. Put in the name of the domain and then enter the path of where you want the files for that subdomain to be and then click OK.
    Note: This can be an existing folder and the new subdomain will use the files in that directory.
In Plesk 9.x:
  1. Log into your Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Home tab.
  3. Click on the Domains icon and then on your domain name.
  4. Click on the Subdomains button.
  5. Click on the Create Subdomain button.
  6. Select Subdomain on Subfolder and click Next.
  7. Type in the subdomain name.
  8. Uncheck the Create Physical Directory for Subdomain box.
  9. Enter the path to where you want the files for your subdomain stored. 
  10. Select the needed services and click OK.
Note: Please be aware that after creating a subdomain, it may take 24-48 hours for the DNS settings to propagate throughout the world.

Note: It is NOT possible to add aliases for subdomains or to have a subdomain for an alias.


You can now add content to your subdomain through the Control Panel File Manager, or through FTP.

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