If you’ve just purchased a new domain, you’ll probably want to add it to your web hosting account so you can get the website up and running. However, when you go to add the domain you see there are two ways to set up domains on your account: you can add them as Parked Domains or as Addon Domains. Please note, if you’re looking to add a domain to your account, you’ll need to make sure the nameservers are pointing to x10’s.
If you’ve never had to add any domains to your account before, you may not be sure what the difference is or which to use and when you should. With this blog post, we’ll go over the differences between Parked Domains and Addon domains, and give you some examples of when you should use each.
A Parked Domain, or an Alias, is a domain that is essentially “parked” to your account. This means that your domain will share the same website as your main domain, and have the same root directory, public_html. When setting up a parked domain, you will not have any options to worry about and you’ll simply have to type in the domain and cPanel will set up the rest.
You should use a parked domain when you’re looking to use the same website as your main domain. Such as when you have multiple types of TLD (top level domains) like domain.com, domain.net, and domain.org but you want them all to have the same website. Adding them as parked domains will ensure that they all have the same website as your account’s main domain, as well as each other, without using any redirects.
If you would like to have your domain use the same website as your main domain, you should add it as a Parked Domain to your web hosting account.
An Addon Domain is a domain that is hosted on your account, that points to a root directory that you specify when setting it up. When setting up an addon domain, cPanel will automatically generate a root directory for your domain in the public_html directory. You’ll be able to change this if you want to before adding the domain, otherwise you’ll always be able to change this in the future.
You should set up an addon domain any time you want the website to be different from your main domain’s website, or when you want the root directory to be something other than public_html. You’ll also be able to use an existing directory as your addon domain’s root directory, making it still possible to share the same websites as other domains that are hosted on your account.
If you would like your domain to have a website independent of your main domain’s, you should add it as an Addon Domain to your web hosting account.
With this information, you’ll be able to add any domain to your account with confidence! Be sure you are following our Facebook andTwitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!