What is a Parked URL, Add-on URL, and a Sub Domain?

What is a Parked URL, Add-on URL, and a Sub Domain?

If you have been purchasing domain names and have been doing some research on them, you might ask this question: ‘What is a parked URL, add-on URL, and a sub domain?’

Because you will likely find those terms on articles that discuss how you can manage domain names, you will get curious as to what they really are. And to help you out with that, below is an explanation on what those are and what you can do with them. They are actually quite helpful for website owners who want to increase their website’s traffic or make their site easier for their target audience to find.

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Parked URL, Add-on URL, and a Sub Domain

All three listed above are kinds of domain names. They just differ in purpose, which is explained below:

  • Parked URL

A parked URL is a regular domain name that is redirected on your server but has no website. It is either a domain name that you intend to use in the future. This is probably the reason why you already bought it but are not using it yet. Or, it is redirected to a website that already has a main domain name.

Parked domain names that have no website are also usually intended to be sold for a higher price. This means that the owner has bought it for a regular price, most probably at about $10, then sold it for higher than that. Domain names that have in demand keywords are often sold for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Some domains were even sold for millions, such as insurance.com and Israel.com.

Parked domains that lead to a website that already has a main domain name are alternative domains that are used to get people to visit the site even when they mistype the URL. A great example would be facebook.com that has a parked domain name facebok.com. Some of these domain names are also acronyms of the original site addresses: facebook.com has a parked domain fb.com.

  • Add-on URL

An add-on URL, on the other hand, is a domain name that is also redirected onto your server but is intended for another website. This means that this is a domain name for an additional website on your server.

Even when you have pointed it to the same server as your main domain name, it does not redirect to your main domain’s website because it is independent and has its own email accounts, FTP and CGI. This results in your add-on URL to have an independent site.

  • Sub Domain

Sub domains, on the other hand, are domains that have unique content but not a main site. They are secondary sites only. They are not like main domains that are independent since they rely on main domains. The best examples for this are mail.domain.com, shop.domain.com and help.domain.com, which all came from domain.com.

These sub domains are for free and are often offered by web hosting providers. Some hostings offer unlimited sub domains while others offer a limited number of these domains.

Different kinds of domain names play different roles so be careful in choosing one to help increase your site’s traffic and conversion.

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