What is a parked domain? How do I create and delete one?

Parked domains are additional domains which you host on your account. They will display the same website as your primary domain and do NOT have separate web statistics, but you can give the parked domain its own email boxes. Parked domains are often used by businesses that want to have more than one web address for advertising purposes.

For example, if you own hostgator.com and it is the primary domain of your cPanel account, you can set up gatorhost.com as a parked domain and it will load the content of hostgator.com. You will notice that although the content of hostgator.com is loading in the browser, the address bar will display http://gatorhost.com/.

Check out our video tutorial on how to park a domain.

To add a parked domain, please do the following:

  1. Login to cPanel and click the Parked Domains icon.
  2. In the box to the right of New Domain Name, provide the domain name for which you would like to park on top of your primary domain.
  3. Click Add Domain.
You have just added a Parked Domain.

To remove a parked domain, please do the following:

  1. Login to cPanel and click Parked Domains.
  2. At the bottom, under Actions, click Remove.

Domains must be registered with a valid registrar before they can be parked. In addition, they will not be functional unless they are configured to point to the same name servers as your primary domain.

What is the difference between parked, addon, and subdomains?

Do not confuse this with "Domain Parking" offered by domain registrars. When a domain registrar offers such a service, they mean to park your domain on their servers and direct traffic to a page of their choice. This is a good temporary solution if you don't have a webhosting account, but is very restricted.


Article Comments

Cris
Can I point a domain to an html page instead of the root only?

HostGator
Well, when you point a domain name to a folder, it actually points to a default page, typically named "index.html".

You can also redirect a domain to a specific html page if you like. (Use the "Manage Redirect" link in the Parked domains section.)

KASAMEX
real impossible figure how to check avilable domian and if is available purchase ........ plese send me a link i'm current custumer
great service experience guys
thank you !!

HostGator
Simply go to http://hostgator.com/domains and enter the domain you are interested in registering.

The next page will show you the TLD's available. Any not available will be grayed out.

John
Can parked domain hamper the site's SEO performance in search engines?

HostGator
According to Google, the preferred method is to use an addon domain and then 301 redirect the addon to your primary domain.

So, yes it may. A parked domain may be considered duplicate content, though only the search engines know for sure. Duplicate content is not bad, and in the case of cPanel parked domains, it may not have any side effect at all. Some people worry that Google will rank one page from one domain, and another page from another domain, thus distributing their potential rank into multiple domains; however, this is highly debated.


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