Setting Up Subdomains

  1. Go to the and click Login / Signup on the right hand side of the screen to login to your Domain of One’s Own account.
  2. Log in with you UMW NetID and password.
  3. Once logged in you’ll be at the homepage of your cPanel. Locate the Domains section by scrolling down the page. Click on Subdomains.
    subdomain icon in cPanel
  4. Choose a name for your subdomain, and type it into the Subdomain box. Just like root domains (e.g., subdomains can only contain numbers, letters, and hyphens, and the best subdomains are simple, short, and descriptive.
    Create a subdomain in cPanel
  5. 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.
  6. 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 you created in step 5.