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How Do I Split an Addon Domain Into Its Own cPanel Account?

If you don’t want to split an account yourself, remember that GreenGeeks offers website migration for just $15 per site. Please open a ticket in GreenGeeks to request migration.

This article will show you how to split an Addon domain to its own cPanel account. Splitting an Addon domain to its own cPanel account is useful for, among others, Ecosite customers who have upgraded to a reseller or VPS web hosting account.

Download the website content to your computer

Using an FTP client, download the Addon domain directory (located in the /public_html directory) to your computer.

cPanel split add on domain to its own account - step 1

Download etc and email directories

If you have email accounts on your Addon domain, go up one level from /public_html to / (your home directory) and download the “etc” and “email” directories. If you don’t have any email accounts on your Addon domain, you can skip this step.

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Export databases using phpMyAdmin

Log in to GreenGeeks and go to cPanel by clicking the “cPanel Login” button in the “Quick Server Login” section.

GreenGeeks dashboard click to log in to cPanel

In the “DATABASES” section, click the “phpMyAdmin” link or icon.

cPanel select section DATABASES phpmyadmin

Select the database you would like to export and click the “Export” tab at the top of the page.

Click the “Go” button to download the database to your computer.

phpMyAdmin export database

Remove the Addon domain

In the “Domains” section of cPanel, click the “Addon Domains” link or icon.

cPanel select section DOMAINS Addon Domains

Scroll down to the “Modify Addon Domain” section.

In the line for the Addon domain you wish to remove, click the “Remove” link.

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Create the new cPanel Account

Instructions for creating a new cPanel account.

Upload the website files, mail, and etc folder

Upload the copy of your website files that you downloaded to your computer to the new /pubic_html folder. If necessary, also upload the mail and etc folders to / (your home directory).

Import database

Before you can import a copy of your website database (if you have one) into the new account, you first have to create a new, empty database in the new account (here are instructions for creating a new database in cPanel).

Once you’ve created the new empty database, go to the “DATABASES” section of cPanel and click the “phpMyAdmin” link or icon.

In phpMyAdmin, select the new empty database and click the “Import” tab.

cPanel split add on domain to its own account - step 7

Click the “Choose File” button, select the downloaded copy of the database on your computer.

cPanel split add on domain to its own account - step 8

Click the “Go” button to import the database.

cPanel split add on domain to its own account - step 9

Update configuration files

Finally, if you’re moving a database driven site, the new database may have a new username prefix. If that’s the case, you will have to update the database name and username in any website configuration files.

That’s it, your website migration is complete.

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