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What Is The Difference Between Parked And Addon Domains

This article contains information about the difference between parked and add-on domains.

For this example, I'm going to use "" to represent your primary account domain name and "" as the new domain you are wanting to park or addon.

Parked Domains - Parking a domain just points the new domain name to your primary account domain. So, if you were to park "", it would point to the same directory that "" is pointing to.  

Addon Domain - This is usually the option most are after. Adding a domain on makes it appear as if the new domain is hosted on it's own account, even though the files are still located under your primary domain. If you were to addon "", a user browsing to your site will see "" in the URL, but it will be redirecting it to a specific folder under your primary domain.

For example: would be the folder I setup for Whenever a user browses to, they will only be able to see the files within the www/new/ folder on your account.

How to setup an addon domain:

  1. If you registered your domain with someone besides midphase, make sure that the name servers are pointing to and and wait a full 48 hours before proceeding with the rest of this.
  2. Login to your midPhase control panel. (Check your welcome e-mail for login credentials).
  3. Click on the "Addon Domains" menu option under "Domains and Stats"

    Complete the form as follows:

New Domain Name:
Username/directory/subdomain name: new
Password: apassword

Whatever you put in the "Username/directory/subdomain" name will be the folder that is created under your primary account. It will also be the default username for mail and FTP.
If the propagation from Step #1 is complete, typing in should then work.

Add on domains allow you to use redirects but are mostly used for hosting multiple domains with different content than your master domain. Parked domains just redirect to your master domain name. A web hosting package is required to use these features.

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