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What is the difference between a Sub-Domain, Parked Domain and an Add-On Domain?

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Revision as of 17:35, 29 December 2009 by Phild (Talk | contribs)

I get this question all the time. Here is an explanation:

Sub domain

  • Lets say your domain is mysite.com.
  • You install a Message Board and put in in a directory called mysite.com/board/.
  • You can turn the directory board into a sub-domain by adding it as a sub-domain from your Control Panel.
  • Now you can access your Message board as either mysite.com/board OR board.mysite.com
  • This costs you nothing and is free.

Parked Domain

  • You have two domains mysite.com and my-other-site.com.
  • mysite.com is the domain of your website and you want to add my-other-site.com.
  • You want them both to go to the same place. In other words, when someone types either www.mysite.com or www.my-other-site.com they will go to the same page(s) on your website.
  • In order to have additional parked domains you need to purchase them from a registry.

Add-On Domains

  • You have two domains mysite.com and my-other-site.com.
  • You want the two domains to be totally separate/independent websites.
  • In order to have additional add-on domains you need to purchase them from a registry.