Are you a newbie to cPanel or setting up your first website? Don’t stress! We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about domains to help you navigate unfamiliar territory.
Your domain name (www.yourwebsite.com) is made up of two components: the top level domain (.com) and secondary level domain (yourwebsite). Let’s take a closer look at domains and what you can do with them.
What’s The Difference Between A Domain And An IP Address?
You can think of your domain as your address on the Internet, or your business URL that appears in the address bar when a user visits your website. It’s the digital equivalent of your physical address.
Your website exists on a web server. Each website is issued with an IP address, or Internet protocol address. IP addresses have four segments or number sections and each segment is differentiated by a full stop.
What Is A Name Server?
Name servers route domain names to their IP addresses, and are generally created by the web host. Once a domain name is routed to a name server, the name servers can point the domain anywhere. The DNS or Domain Name Service is what changes the domain to an IP address.
What’s The Difference Between A Sub Domain And An Add-On Domain?
A subdomain is a domain that is a part of your primary domain. Subdomains can be created for testing new sites and for development work, as they can be moved to the primary domain later on.
An add-on domain, as the name suggests, is really another domain integrated into your hosting account once your primary or original domain has been configured. It is possible to host a different website on both a sub domain and add-on domain.
Of course you would need to purchase the add-on domain in advance,
What’s The Difference Between A Parked Domain And A Redirected Domain?
You would park a domain if you had two different domains that you wanted to show the same website on. The same website would be served from both URLS as both domains have the same root. Parking occurs commonly when you have different domain extensions such as .com, .info, .net etc., but want users to see the same content.
A redirected domain will send traffic to a different URL, and that URL does not necessarily have the same website content on it. Redirects are used most frequently when old website content needs to be redirected to new website content. You can perform a temporary redirect (also known as a 302) or a permanent redirect, which is known as a 301.
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