Setting Up Subdomains

A subdomain (technically a sub-subdomain) is one way of organizing and separating content on your Bergbuilds site. To create a subdomain, use the following steps:

Login to Bergbuilds through the Application Portal to access your cPanel.

Muhlenberg Application Portal Login screen shot

From the main page of cPanel, navigate down to the Domains section. The cPanel also contains a search feature in the top right corner. Click the Search box and type “subdomains” (without the quotes). The cPanel page will begin to narrow down results, and soon the only visible option will be the Subdomains management feature. Click the Subdomains button to continue.

Bergbuilds cPanel subdomains section

Choose a name for the new subdomain and type it into the Subdomain box. Just like top-level domains (e.g., muhlenberg.edu), subdomains can only contain numbers, letters, and hyphens, and the best subdomains are simple, short, and descriptive.

Bergbuilds cPanel create subdomain function screen shot

After typing in a name, cPanel will automatically populate the document root field. This will create a folder to contain a subdomain’s files. Usually, this folder should match the name of the subdomain so it’s easy to identify where different files live within a Bergbuilds account. Changing the document root may be warranted if there is already a folder within the Bergbuilds account that has the same name as the subdomain being created. This is likely uncommon. Once done, click "Create".

Subdomain creation success screen shot

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, MediaWiki, etc.).