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Add a WWW-domain


WWW domain (website) — a page or group of pages that are broadcast to the Internet and are available to users by URL. The appearance and content of the website are formed from its source files. When you add a WWW domain, a domain name is automatically created for it. Read more in Create a domain name .

To add a WWW domain to ISPmanager, enter Domains → WWW-domains → Add button and specify the parameters.

Main settings

  1. Specify the domain Name — the name by which users will access the website.
  2. Specify the domain Aliases — additional names for accessing the website. For example, or By default, an alias "www." is entered after the domain name. Resource A-records are automatically created for aliases. Read more in Resource records .
  3. Specify the website Root directory relative to the owner's home directory. Files of the website will be stored in this directory.
  4. Select a content management system (CMS) in the Select a script field. CMS is used to fill the website with content (articles, photos, pages, etc.). Without a CMS, adding new content or changing existing content will require editing the website's source files. ISPmanager supports CMS Drupal, Prestashop, WordPress, joomla, phpBB.
  5. Select the website Owner — an ISPmanager user.
  6. Select an IP-addresses that will be assigned to the website. You can select an IP address from the list of IPs in Cluster settings → IP addresses.
  7. Specify the Administrator email address — the email address that will be displayed on the web server error pages for this website. By default, after entering the domain name, the field specifies the mailbox webmaster@.
  8. Select the Encoding . Encoding defines the set of characters that are used to represent the data of the website:
    • off — the default value for the database will be used;
    • UTF-8 (recommended) — includes all characters of the Unicode standard, including Cyrillic.
      To modify a list of encodings create the /usr/local/mgr5/etc/charset file and enter the required values.
  9. Specify the Index page of the website. This page opens for the user who goes to the website by domain name and does not specify a particular page. For example, in case of request , instead of Multiple pages can be listed in order of importance, separated by a space. If the first specified page does not exist, the second page will be checked and so on. If you do not specify index pages, the control panel will use values from the global web server settings.
  10. To secure data transmitted between the user's browser and the site:
    1. Enable the Secure connection (SSL) option. You will need to install an SSL certificate on the website.
    2. Configure the secure connection settings:
      1. To force a secure HTTPS connection when connecting to the website, enable the HSTS option. The option is available if an SSL certificate is connected to the website. Redirection works if the user's browser has already connected to the website through a secure connection and has saved the connection parameters. When redirecting, the server returns a response code "301 Moved Permanently".
      2. To force a secure HTTPS connection when trying to open a website using the HTTP protocol, enable the Redirect HTTP-requests to HTTPS option. The option is available if an SSL certificate is connected to the website. When redirecting, the server returns a response code "301 Moved Permanently".
      3. Change the SSL port for HTTPS connections if necessary. The default value is 443.
      4. Select an SSL certificate that encrypts information transmitted between a user browser and a website.
        • New self-signed — a free self-signed SSL certificate that is not trusted by browsers. When you open a website with a self-signed certificate, the browser will display a security alert.
        • Let's Encrypt certificate — a free trusted SSL certificate.
        Read more in SSL certificates.
  11. Enable the Nginx-proxy option to redirect requests to user applications (such as phpMyAdmin, phpPGAdmin, Roundcube).
    Before you start, you need to install an SSL certificate.
    Enter the following parameters:
    1. Enter the Nginx-proxy IP-address from the list in Cluster settings → IP-addresses.
    2. To open ISPmanager when redirecting, enable the Proxy requests to panel option. If the option is disabled, the redirect will open the site content by domain name.
    Read more in Nginx-proxy.
  12. For the server to be able to process SSI commands, enable the SSI option. SSI (Server Side Includes) is a programming language for dynamic page building on the server before displaying them.
  13. If necessary, enable the Priority option. This option is used if several websites are assigned to the same IP address and a user requests a website using an IP address or domain name that is not registered on the server with ISPmanager. In this case, the control panel will open the priority website. If this option is not specified for any website, the control panel will open the website whose domain name is the first alphabetically. The punycode encoding will be used to compare Cyrillic domain names.
    Only one Priority website can correspond to each IP address. If this option was previously enabled for a different domain, that site will no longer be a priority.
  14. If necessary, enable the Assign to technical domain option. If this option is enabled, the site will open when requested by the address of the technical domain. Only one user site can be linked to a technical domain at a time.
  15. Specify an arbitrary Comment for the WWW domain. It will be displayed in the WWW domain list in the Comment column.
  16. If necessary, Enable DDoS protection. The protection completely blocks access to the server for IP addresses from which a large number of requests come. Read more in DDoS protection.


Additional features

  1. Choose how to create Autosubdomains :
    1. off — do not create subdomains;
    2. in a separate directory — subdomain files should be created in subdirectories /var/www/www-root/data/www/ with the name of the subdomain. For example, for the subdomain with the root directory of /var/www/www-root/data/www/ subdomain files need to be created in /var/www/www-root/data/www/;
    3. in the domain's subdirectory — subdomain files must be created in subdirectories of the root directory of the website. For example, for the subdomain with the root directory of /var/www/www-root/data/www/ subdomain files need to be created in /var/www/www-root/data/www/ .
      If you select the method of creating autosubdomains "in a separate directory" or "in the domain's subdirectory", the value "*." is added to the Aliases field.
    You can select Auto-subdomains provided that the Default option is disabled for the domain.
  2. To enable support of PHP scripts for the website:
    1. Enable the PHP option.
    2. Select a PHP mode :
      • Apache module — dynamic content is processed by the PHP module of the Apache web server;
      • CGI — dynamic content is processed by Apache in CGI mode;
      • FastCGI (Apache) — dynamic content is processed by Apache in FastCGI mode;
      • FastCGI (Nginx + PHP-FPM) — PHP-FPM processes dynamic content.
    3. Select whether to Use open_basedir for the Apache module mode of PHP:
      • option enabled — PHP scripts have access only to the root directory of the website;
      • option disabled — PHP scripts have access to all server directories.
    4. Select a PHP (CGI) version for "CGI" and "FastCGI (Apache)".
  3. To enable CGI-scripts for the website select the CGI-scripts checkbox and File extensions for the CGI-scripts.
    The option is only available if the Apache web server is installed. Read more about installation in Web-servers.

Logs settings

  1. Select the website logs you want to keep. Read more in Website statistics.
    • Access log — statistics on queries to the website;
    • Error log — web server error statistics for the website;
  2. Select the log Rotation period :
    • daily;
    • weekly;
    • monthly;
    • by size → specify the Size, MB.
  3. In the Store archives field, specify the number of log files that will be stored in the archived form.
    The disk space occupied by the archives is included in the website owner's quota. Read more in Setting disk quotas.
  4. Select the Analyzer that will be used to collect statistics on website traffic. Specify the analyzer settings:
    1. Select the query statistics collection Period .
    2. Select the Statistics language .
    3. If necessary, enable the option Restrict access to statistics , specify the Password for access and Re-enter it . The name of the website owner will be used as the username.


Website optimization

Website optimization allows improving your website performance. This option is available only for Nginx.

  1. Enable the Compression (GZIP) option to compress static content. Static content is files that rarely change: images, sounds, music, videos, etc. Such files, as a rule, occupy a large volume and slow down loading of the website. File compression reduces the time it takes for users to load the website. The compression level can be set from 1 to 9. The recommended value is 5. Read more in Enable compression.
  2. To cache the website content, enable the Cache configuration option. When caching, the result of slow operations, which are performed when opening the website, is stored for a given period of time. The website is accelerated by showing users pre-saved data. However, if the cached content on the website changes, users will receive the old data until the cache expires. To configure the cache settings, specify the Cache period and the Cache duration . For example, 2 hours.


If you have Enabled DDoS protection, specify the protection parameters:

  1. Number of Requests per second from one IP address — if this parameter is exceeded, the IP address is blocked for 5 minutes.
  2. Maximum peak attack size — the number of requests per second above which new requests are blocked.

Editing the website settings

To edit the WWW domain settings, enter Domains WWW-domains select the website → Edit button → Edit.

If you change the website settings manually through the web server configuration files, a data mismatch warning will appear when you open the edit form. To apply the changes made manually, press Ok on the edit form. Read more in Manual modification of web-server configuration files.

To change the web server settings for the WWW domain, enter Domains → WWW-domains → select the website → Configuration files button.

We do not recommend changing the configuration files unless you are absolutely sure about what you are doing. Before saving the configuration, ISPmanager checks only the file syntax, and not the correctness of the settings.