How to Create Subdomain – in NameCheap cPanel

Creating a subdomain in cPanel with NameCheap web hosting service is pretty straight forward. These instructions are for NameCheap shared hosting customers. Subdomains can be used for all kinds of reasons and are a way to have separate sections of your website without having to purchase another domain name.

You will want to first log into your NameCheap cPanel user account.

Once logged in, then you can look for “Domains”. You will need to click on “Subdomains” and then type in your subdomain name under that “Create a Subdomain” box. For example you could enter in mail as a subdomain.

Under the “Domain” option, you will want to choose which domain name you want to add a subdomain for. For example Then you would type in the path to your website files under “Document Root”.

For example /public_html/mail is the path to the actualy files you want that subdomain to point to. Finally, you can click on a “Create” button. You have now just created a subdomain with a document root of /public_html/mail. You can now install whatever type of website software in that /public_html/mail directory.

As an added bonus, NameCheap website hosting allows you to install free software with there softaculous tool. What this means is that you can install a wide array of software with there easy, basically one click software installations. You can even install separate versions of the same software this way.

For example, I have email service with I could have installed the RoundCube website based email software program, using the subdomain in order to access it. This would be a separate email service from the main email service.

You can even install a separate WordPress content management system with subdomains. With Softaculous, I could have created a separate blog with this address example,, with the /public_html/blog document root directory. Then I could have installed the WordPress software onto this subdomain.

This blog would then be completely separate from the main blog at Subdomains can actually become very useful and possibly save you money in the end. Also, perhaps you can use subdomains to test out certain types of websites before you go live with them.

You could even use subdomains for development purposes. Subdomains are considered completely separate and different websites from your top down domain. Hopefully, this tutorial was productive and helped you create a subdomain on NameCheap shared hosting using cPanel.

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