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What is the Difference between Parked, Addon and Subdomains?




What is the Difference between Parked, Addon and Subdomains?

Subdomain

A subdomain is a second website with its own unique content, but there is no new domain name. Instead, you use an existing domain name and change the www to another name. The subdomain name looks like forums.domain.com, help.domain.com, help2.domain.com (assuming you already host domain.com).

Addon Domain

An addon domain is a second website, with its own unique content. This type of domain does require you to register the new domain name before you can host it. So, if you want to host www.otherdomain.com, this is the solution. For additional information regarding addon domains, please refer to the following article:

Please Read before Creating an Addon Domain

Addon domains are handled similarly to subdomains in terms of the file structure listed in your file directory; however, the addon domain URL appears like a primary domain. In general, nothing that happens in your addon domain's files or DNS should affect what goes on with the rest of your domains.

Although addon domains do not have their own cPanel, you may still create email accounts, redirects, QuickInstall installations, subdomains, etc. Web statistics for the addon domain can be found under the subdomain's URL in the statistics application in cPanel.

Addon Domain URLs

Every addon domain is also a subdomain. You may actually load your addon domain using any of the following URLs:

Addon Domain Name

http://addondomain.com/

Subdomain Name

http://addondomain.primarydomain.com/

Subfolder Name

http://primarydomain.com/addondomain.com/

Parked Domain

A parked domain is NOT a unique website. Instead, it is a masked forward to the primary domain name of your cPanel account, much like a website alias. Parked domains are commonly used when:

  • You need a place to park a domain for which you do not have a website
  • You have more than one domain that should lead to your primary domain
  • You have common misspellings of your domain name that you have registered


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