Targeted or Additional Domains, which one do I use?

When one begins in the world of Hosting, either as an end user who will only manage some of their own websites or the need to be a reseller of web services arises, one of the things that usually generates confusion is the variety of existing options when managing a domain in a Hosting Panel.

Domains are the essence of the Internet, the correct dialogue between servers and people, translated in a way that allows machines to take us to the right place and that users know how to go to certain places in a simple way, since it is easier to remember a url than a IP Thanks to DNS!.

Once a domain points to the appropriate DNS servers, the next thing is to display the hosted website, which has previously been linked to the domain, and this can be done by adding the domain as targeted domain or as additional domain.

In both ways, the website will be viewed from the domain that points to the content, but What is the difference between one or the other option?.

The domains additional and targeted (parked) to be used in a Hosting they must resolve their DNS in Hosting or at least point the Type A record of the domain to the IP of the Hosting in order to function properly.

Common definitions for domain states

  • Additional Domains = Additional, complement, added, complementary.
  • Targeted Domains = Parked, parked, parked.

Additional domains Parked domains
Primary domain appears in address bar Yes No
Apache directive used VirtualHost ServerAlias
Separate records Yes No
Separate statistics Yes No
Treated as a subdomain (other than URLs) Yes No
Ideal for multiple domains that share the same address No Yes
  • The Targeted Domains (Parked) are dependent on each other (generate a link).
  • The Additional Domains they are independent of each other.
  • The Subdomains they are dependent on a certain domain, either Additional or Targeted.

Targeted Domains

Are used to show the same content as the main domain of a Hosting, hosted in the / public_html folder in a generic way (one) so that several domains show the same content, for example:

  • (main domain).

In this way, if a user accesses from any of the .com, .net or .es domains, they will reach the web hosted at / public_html of the main domain and we will avoid that search engines like Google penalize us for considering that it is duplicate content.

The pointed domain (parked) will always show the main domain in the navigation bar, for example: even if we access it from the .net, .es or other.

They are also often used to maintain domains that are for sale or to redirect web traffic to another domain and in turn take advantage of their positioning.

(one) It may be the case that the website is hosted in another folder that hangs from / public_html and force the main domain to be loaded into a folder using .htaccess so that it is transparent to the user.

Other domains can also be added as pointed and redirected to another Hosting folder or to another domain.

In the following video by Jordi Sala we explain how the Targeted Domains.

Additional Domains

Very useful when in addition to the main domain we have other domains, which we want to use to show other websites different from the main one or hosted in / public_html, for example:

  • (main domain).

Although the first domain would be the main one, and this does not need to be pointed (parked) since it is not possible to park the main domain (it already is), the following domains can behave as additional domains since they would present different contents from the main one and would point each one to a different folder of the Hosting.

The additional domains do not have independent or own access to the Hosting Panel (cPanel), since only the main domain is the one that allows access to this service.

In the following video by Jordi Sala we explain how the Additional Domains.

To consider

For the purposes of post managementBoth the additional domains and the targeted (parked) domains allow you to create email accounts with different aliases associated with each of the domains that are managed in the Hosting.

When you delete a targeted domain, any email account associated with that domain will not appear in the interface of the Hosting Panel (cPanel). However, the files of these email accounts will exist. If you add the same targeted domain again, any email account associated with that domain will appear in the interface of the Hosting Panel.

In Websites Are Us, our clients enjoy in all the Hosting plans of unlimited domains (previous hiring or transfer of each domain) either as pointed or additional, so they can install as many independent websites as they want, up to the limit of disk space included in the contracted Hosting Plan.

If you want to know if it is convenient for you to work with subdomains you can check the article Install WordPress in a subdomain of your Hosting posted on our Blog.

If after this explanation it is not clear to you what is the best use for your domains, send a Ticket to your Support Department exposing your particular case so that they advise you.

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By |2020-05-12T01:32:28+00:00May 12th, 2020|Administración del Hosting|