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What You Need to Know About Addon Domains

06/03/2017

For those who are not immersed in the world of hosting, getting a grip on all of the terms and definitions in the field can be daunting — not to mention time consuming. While there are some terms that are pretty straightforward and make guessing the definition simple enough, there are others that will leave us confused. Without proper knowledge of the industry and a strong understanding of definitions, website owners could be left neglecting hosting extras that could be beneficial.

Let us take, for example, domains. While most site owners are across the basics of what a domain is and what it is used for, there may be many people that won’t understand things like parked domains, subdomains, DNS zone editor and addon domains. While website owners may only use these on occasion, if at all, they are at least worth knowing about to determine if they are beneficial for you. This is especially the case when it comes to addon domains.

What is an addon domain?

This is basically a completely functional domain name which can easily get linked to the web hosting account through the panel known as the cPanel. The chief function of an addon domain name is allowing you to create websites and additional host services, within the very same control panel used as your chief domain. Essentially, you will be able to build numerous websites, email forwarders and addresses using a single control panel under separate domain names.

You may be wondering: Why is this beneficial? Well, this means that you won’t have to pay the extra monthly fees you would usually do for multiple web hosting accounts.

How do they work?

Addon domains are very easy to set up. It creates a subdirectory within your present directory which is basically dedicated to the fresh addon domain. The moment the addon domain is established, it would create 3 URL paths which can be used for accessing the new directory:

  • addondomain.primarydomain.com.au
  • addondomain.com.au
  • primarydomain.com.au/addondomain

The new directory can then be utilised for a brand new set of files as well as applications for a unique website for the addon domain. You need not worry because it will not have any impact whatsoever on your primary domain name.

When anyone is visiting the addon domain, there would be no evidence or reference to show that it is an additional domain. In fact, it would act in the very same way as an independent website and domain name.

Why should you use an addon domain?

There are tons of website owners who are presently utilising addon domains for several reasons. However, the primary reason for them to use it is because it helps in creating numerous websites, under multiple domain names without the usual stress or hassle of signing up for multiple web hosting accounts. This is great for those sites that won’t be getting an abundance of traffic that would require an independent hosting service and could help you save a small fortune while you’re at it.

Ultimately, this is a cost-effective solution that all website owners should consider.

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