Setting Up Subdomains

A subdomain is one way of organizing and separating content on your site. It is not likely you will create a subdomain in a standard UNF Faculty Domains account (one that has an address that ends with domains.unf.edu). However, if you purchase your own personal domain, you may want to create one or several subdomains.

To create a subdomain, use the following steps:

Login to UNF Domains with your UNF username and password to access your cPanel.

Once logged in you’ll be at the homepage of your cPanel (control panel). In the Domains section you will see the Subdomains icon.

Click the Subdomains icon. You will then be taken to the Subdomains page.

Choose a name for your subdomain and type it into the Subdomain box. As with any domain name (such as unf.edu), subdomains can only contain numbers, letters, and hyphens, and the best subdomains are simple, short, and descriptive.

Once you’ve typed in a name, cPanel will automatically populate the Document root field for you. This will create a folder to contain your subdomain’s files. You’ll usually want this folder to match the name of your subdomain, so it’s easy to identify where different files live in your account. You might want to change the document root if you already have a folder in your account that has the same name as the subdomain you are trying to create, although this should be rare. Once you’re done, click Create.

If everything went well, you should see a message that your subdomain was created successfully. Your subdomain will now be available as an option for automatic installation of various software (WordPress, Omeka, etc). If you prefer to install web applications manually, you can do so in the document root (folder).

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