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February 12th, 2014

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If you created your student web hosting account without setting a custom domain, you can still add a domain (or more than one) to your account. Simply log in to cPanel, and click the “Addon Domains” option.  Put your new domain in the new domain field. In the Document Root field, you can either specify public_html/ to map the domain to the root of your account, or you can create a subfolder under public_html/ and the domain can serve a different site. cPanel’s default behavior is that when adding a domain it also adds a new user, so go ahead and provide new user credentials in this form. Once you hit “Add Domain” the server should accept your new domain and serve up the path that you specified in the Document Root field. By default, you can add up to 5 domains to your account. If you have a need to add more domains, please contact the iSchool IT Help desk and provide a reason for needing more domains, along with your request.


Configuring DNS on your new domain (pointing your domain)

There are two ways you can control your domain. You can either change your NS records and use the iSchool student web hosting server to manage the DNS for your domain, or you can keep your DNS hosted with your registrar (or other third party) and create A or CNAME records to point the domain (or subdomains) to the iSchool student web hosting server. You can find both the IP of the server, and the nameserver addresses on the Student Web Hosting Manage page. Once you have the IP (for new A records) or the nameserver addresses (for NS records) you can head over to your registrar’s management page and add/change these records there. The exact steps will depend on your registrar. If you want to create CNAME records, you can point that at

If you have any questions after reading this article or if you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact the iSchool IT Help Desk.
(206) 616-3086