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Parking a Domain in cPanel

Posted by Allison on 15 08 2017.

As the saying goes, the more the merrier. It is basically the same principle that some website owners and administrators apply when they decide to use more than one domain name to represent their websites.

As you may already know, some websites use more than one domain name to point to their homepage. For example, a website can use both parkingadomain.com and parkingadomain.org to point to their website. This means that when a user enters either of the domain name mentioned above in their web browsers, they will be able to access the homepage of that particular website.

Using multiple domain names to represent your website is done by parking the domain names that you want to link to the primary domain name of your website.
What is a Parked Domain?
A Parked Domain is a domain name that is “Parked” on top of an existing domain name. It basically serves as a mirror…

As the saying goes, the more the merrier. It is basically the same principle that some website owners and administrators apply when they decide to use more than one domain name to represent their websites.

As you may already know, some websites use more than one domain name to point to their homepage. For example, a website can use both parkingadomain.com and parkingadomain.org to point to their website. This means that when a user enters either of the domain name mentioned above in their web browsers, they will be able to access the homepage of that particular website.

Using multiple domain names to represent your website is done by parking the domain names that you want to link to the primary domain name of your website.

What is a Parked Domain?

A Parked Domain is a domain name that is “Parked” on top of an existing domain name. It basically serves as a mirror to an existing website.

A parked domain points to an existing website so that when users enter the parked domain in their browsers, the user will get the content of the original website that the parked domain points to.

Reasons for Parking a Domain

There are lots of reasons to park a domain name and some of them include the following:

  • For marketing purposes. Using multiple domain names can open channels to your website for increasing traffic.
  • For SEO purposes. Having multiple domain names allows website owners to expand the range of their market. It provides them the opportunity to use other targeted keywords on the additional domain names that they use.
  • To eliminate possible domain competitors. Some websites mimic the domain name of popular websites to get a share of their traffic. For example, a video website can use the domain name Youtube.org to get a share of the traffic that Youtube.com gets. Some even misspell the names of popular websites to get a share of their viewers. By using multiple domain names to point to your website, you minimize the risk of losing potential viewers from your site.
  • The process of parking a domain is also used when you want to sell that particular parked domain.

How to Park a Domain

Before you park a domain, make sure that it is registered and it is configured to point to the same name servers of your primary domain.

To park a domain, simply follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Login to your cPanel account.

Step 2: If you have multiple accounts, make sure that you are using the account of the domain name that you want the parked domain you are creating to point to.

Step 3: Under the domains sections in your cPanel homepage, click the Parked Domains Icon.

Step 4: After clicking the Parked Domains icon, you will be directed to the Parked Domains interface page.

Step 5: In the Parked Domains interface page, enter the domain name that you want to park in the Create a New Parked Domain field.

Step 6: Click the Add Domain button after entering the domain name.

Step 7: Congratulations! You have successfully added a parked domain.

If you want to remove a parked domain, simply click the Remove link associated with the parked domain that you want to remove listed in the Parked Domains interface page.