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Difference between Addon Domain, Sub Domain and Parked Domain

You might have heard of Addon Domain, Sub Domain and Parked Domain while you approached your web host for hosting your website. These domains are very important and they should be know by a webmaster.

Addon Domain

An add-on domain is just like having a separate web site. The add-on domain will be hosted or pointed to a folder in your public_html folder of your main-domain. The Add-on domain should be already registered and the nameservers for the add-on domain should be pointing the same nameserves as your main-domain.com.

[ consider your addon domain name as addondomain.com ]
There are 3 ways of accessing an addon domain:
1. addondomain.com
2. main-domain.com/addondomain
3. addondomain.main-domain.com

Accessing the addondomain.com will display that very domain name in the address bar of their browser, so its similar to a separate web site. An add-on domain use the space and bandwidth available to the main domain. An add-on domain will have its own CGI and FTP access, its own email accounts and web stats.

Sub Domain

A sub domain utilises the existing main domain name. It does not have its own domain name. A sub domain points to a folder in your public_html directory of your main-domain. Consider you main domain " main-domain.com" and you have a folder "shop" under your public_html directory. You can create a sub domain "shop.main-domain.com ". You can directly reach the shop page by accessing "shop.main-domain.com". You might have seen "mail.yahoo.com", " mail.google.com". These are sub domains for yahoo.com and google.com. Check out our sub domain for Techcuriosity forum " forum.techcuriosity.com ".

Parked Domain

A parked domain is one which simply points to an existing domain. It is an other domain which is parked on to the main domain. Consider a domain " parked.com" which is parked on the "main-domain.com". If we access parked.com it will be directed to the main-domain.com and you will get the same page as you see while accessing main-domain.com. The parked domain should also point to the same nameservers as the main-domain.com. The park domain name should be registered.

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