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What is the difference between domain, parked (alias), addon domain, and subdomain?

December 3, 2021
Author: Hamster, www.hostens.com

When clients who are new to the hosting sector first go into their Hostens cPanel and examine the domain, addon, alias, and subdomain choices, they may get a little bit confused. In this blog article, we’ll go through these different sorts of domain usage so you can determine which one is best for you.

What is a domain name?

A domain is the website’s address that an internet user enters into the URL search bar of the browser to go to the particular website. An IP address is a set of integers that uniquely identifies each website. Your computer uses this number set to locate and connect to the website’s data server. The following IP address is an example of a specific IP:

Numbers are fantastic for computers, but humans generally find them difficult to remember, especially when compared to words. You could say the domain, or URL are the words used to identify things on the Internet, and they are unique to each website, much like the IP address. Instead of utilizing numbers to access a website, all you need is the domain name, which you can type into your browser’s URL bar (e.g., hostens.com).

A domain name can be any combination of characters and numbers, and it can be used with various domain name extensions (TLDs), such as.com,.net, .eu, and others. Feel free to review our domain name extensions if you do not have a domain yet:


Every domain name is unique, and a domain must be registered before you can use it. No one can use two websites with the same domain name because the domain can have only one owner. If someone types in www.yourdomain.com, it will go to your website and no one else’s.

What is an addon domain?

Addon domains are fully functional domains. They can be created and added from your cPanel. This addon domain is a new, unique site hosted in a new folder on your hosting package account. You will be able to host several domains in the same web hosting package. With this new addon domain, you will be able to create email accounts, forwarders, and more the same way as you do with the primary (main) domain on the account.

For instance, your primary domain is example.com – you may create in your cPanel addon domain addondomain.com. Just make sure that the domain you add as an addon domain is valid and registered.

When you add an addon domain in your hosting package through cPanel, you will create a subdomain associated with an addon domain. However, the created subdomain will have a separate folder.

Why might you need an addon domain?

Website proprietors use addon domain names for diverse reasons. Most commonly, addon domain names are used to permit developing several websites under different domain names while not having to join up with distinct web hosting accounts. All this is very beneficial when you need to create or run an internet site with minimum site visitors without having a web hosting carrier entirely for itself. The add-on area characteristic isn’t always the most convenient. Besides, it saves money in the long run.

How to create an addon domain?

In our knowledge base we have a tutorial on how to create an addon domain in cPanel. You can test it and see how it works practically:


What is a subdomain?

A subdomain is a part of your primary domain. You might create a subdomain like foo.example.com if your site is example.com. This subdomain does not require to be registered as a domain and is not considered a different website.

You can have several subdomains when you buy a domain, and they won’t cost you additionally. Subdomains come in handy when a user wishes to keep various portions of a website distinct, such as assistance, information, or whatever else the user desires. For instance, Google uses a lot of different subdomains to separate all its services: maps.google.com, books.google.com, docs.google.com, etc.

Why do you need a subdomain?

A subdomain may be used for various purposes, but the most popular one is in testing environments where developers can securely test updates and new plugins on the main website.

Also, subdomains are used in the following ways:

When a user needs to start a blog or a forum;

To build an online shop;

To construct web pages that are particular to a given place;

It might be an excellent method for developing a mobile version of a website;

On a website, to serve a set of users.

How to create a subdomain?

You can easily create a subdomain in your cPanel by following this guide:


What is an alias (parked domain)?

Domain alias (also called a parked domain) is an additional domain name that leads to the same place as the primary domain name for your cPanel account.

For example, if you had domain example.com and wanted example.net to lead to the same place, you would park (Alias) example.net on example.com.

Why do you need a domain alias?

A user can benefit from allies in a variety of ways, including:

When a user’s principal domain gets misspelled often.

When a person wishes to keep a good domain name in order to sell it later.

When a person wishes to register a main domain under several distinct TLDs.

When a person has many domains, they should choose one as their primary domain.

When users want to park a domain that they do not own.

Furthermore, some users desire to utilize it as a marketing tool. The parked domain (alias) redirects to a particular social media page or YouTube channel rather than to a specific website.

How to create a domain alias (parked) in cPanel?

All the required steps are provided in our tutorial.



In this era of rapidly developing technology, when competition is becoming increasingly fierce, website owners should seize every chance to make their site better and more acceptable than it is now. The domain services we offer are designed to assist you in expanding your business. You should definitely learn to use your understanding of domain usage to your advantage.

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