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What is a Parked Domain (Alias Domain)?


Parked domains, also called Domain alias or Alias domains, are often used by businesses that wish to have more than 1 web address for the purpose of advertising. A parked domain is the additional domain hosted on your hosting account, displaying the same website content as your primary domain and sharing the same web statistics. Like a regular domain, parked domains can also have their email boxes.

For example, if domain1.com is your cPanel account's primary domain, you can set up domain2.com as an alias domain. When you visit domain2.com, you will notice that although the contents of domain1.com are loading in your browser, the address bar will display http://domain2.com/, similar to a masked forward, except it doesn't require any custom coding or script. Our support team can assist you with adding and/or removing parked domains.

This article discusses the following topics:

How to create a parked domain

Domains must be registered with a valid registrar before being set as an alias. Also, a domain will not be functional unless configured to point to the same name servers as your primary domain.

To park a domain on your primary domain:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the Domains section, click the Domains icon.

    cPanel - Domains

  3. Within the Domains section, click the Create A New Domain button on the right.

    cPanel - Domains - Create a New Domain

  4. In the Domain field, enter the domain you want to add as a parked domain.

    cPanel - Enter new parked domain

  5. Put a checkmark on the Share document root (/home/username/public_html) with "domain.tld."

    cPanel - Share document root (/home/username/public_html) with "domain.tld."

  6. Once done, click the Submit button.

Tada! You have just parked your domain!

How to remove a parked domain

Removing a parked domain is just as easy as adding one.

To remove an alias domain from your account:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the Domains section, click the Domains icon.

    cPanel - Domains

  3. Within the Domains section, locate the domain you want to delete and click the Manage button.

    cPanel - Manage Domain

  4. On the next page, click the Remove Domain button.

    cPanel - Remove Domain

  5. Click Yes, Remove This Domain to confirm.

    cPanel - Confirm delete

Difference between addon and parked domains

Another type of domain you can add to your cPanel is an Addon domain. Unlike a parked domain, an addon domain can display an entirely different site than your primary domain. 

More information about addon and parked domains are as follows:

  • If you have a Shared Hatchling plan, you can only have a primary domain. You cannot add any Addon or Parked domains because the Hatchling plans are limited to hosting only one domain. 
  • In contrast, with a Shared Baby or Business plan, you can park domains and add multiple Addon domains because they can host multiple domains, each with its website content.
  • When purchasing domains, most domain registrars offer domain parking. They offer to park your domain on their servers and direct the traffic to a page of their choice. This is an excellent temporary solution if you don't have a web hosting account, but it is very restrictive because you do not control the content while it is parked with them. 
  • If you do not yet have content for a domain you purchased, you can add it as an alias in your cPanel for now. Once you've developed the content for your new site, you can remove the parked domain and add it as an addon domain when you're ready to launch the new site.
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