Addon Domain VS Parked Domain: What are the differences?

Addon domain, parked domain, and subdomain are the names we hear often in shared hosting service, but what are the differences? Here is a brief explanation for the question.

Addon Domain

An Addon Domain is a domain name which points to its own folder within public_html and appears like a separate website from your primary domain.

Let’s take an example:

  • You have two domains yoursite.com and your-other-site.com.
  • You want the two domains to be totally separate/independent websites.

Parked Domain

A Parked Domain is a domain name that points to the main website on your account.

Let’s see the example:

  • You have two domains yoursite.com and your-other-site.com.
  • yoursite.com is the domain of your website and you want to add your-other-site.com.
  • You want them both to go to the same place. In other words, when someone types either www.yoursite.com or www.your-other-site.com they will go to the same page(s) on your website.

Subdomain

A subdomain is a second website, with its own unique content, but will always carry the name of the parent/main domain.

Example:

  • You install a WordPress site and put in in a directory called yoursite.com/wp/.
  • You can turn the WordPress site into a sub-domain by adding it as a sub-domain from your Control Panel.
  • Now you can access your WordPress site as either yoursite.com/wp OR wp.yoursite.com

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