What is the Difference Between Addon, Parked and Subdomains?

Sep 8, 2020

What is the Difference Between Addon, Parked and Subdomains?

On cPanel there are 4 different types of domain name you can add but what is the difference between addon, parked, and subdomains? In this article we will walk you through each one.

Primary Domain

This is the domain name assigned as your account’s “main” domain. It’s the domain you use to log into your account and is usually set up when when you create your account and choose your domain name. There can only be one Primary domain name at a time on a given hosting account but this can be changed if needed.

Parked Domains

Any domain set as a “parked” domain serves to point to the same content and website as your primary domain. This is helpful if you have one website but wish to have multiple domains point to it. For example, yourdomain.com might be your primary domain, but you might also wish to register yourdomain.net, yourdomain.org, yourdomain.biz, etc… and point them all to your primary website. You can add any domain as a parked domain to point to your primary domain name, it does not have to be a variation of your primary domain.

Addon Domains

An addon domain us used when you wish to add a completely different website to your hosting. For example, you might have 2 domain names with 2 different websites such as yourdomain.com and mydomain.com, if yourdomain.com is your primary domain you would use mydomain.com as an addon domain. Content and files for a separate website are stored in a unique folder within your public_html folder.


Subdomains are based on prefixes added before a given domain name. They are a great way to organise your site or create sub-websites that while different, still make sense to include under the same domain. For example, you might want to add a blog to your website with a different look, this can be placed at blog.yourdomain.com using a subdomain.

As you can see there are many ways to use domain names on cPanel.