Website Domains: Frequently Asked Questions
What are website domains, and what's their relation to website hosting?
Web hosting and domains work together to make your website available on the Internet. Website domains are public addresses at which websites can be hosted and displayed. Web hosting refers to disk space on a server that allows you to store your website files (pages, images, scripts, etc) online. Registering a domain name is the first step; you then have to point it to a hosting server by setting the domain's nameservers accordingly. Our domain is sozo.com.au, which has been pointed to our server where our website itself is stored.
What are subdomains, parked domains and addon domains?
- Let's say your domain is mysite.com.
- You install a Message Board and put in in a directory called mysite.com/board/.
- You can turn the directory board into a sub-domain by adding it as a sub-domain from your cPanel
- Now you can access your Message Board as either mysite.com/board OR board.mysite.com
- This costs you nothing and is free
- You have two domains: mysite.com and my-other-site.com
- mysite.com is the domain of your website and you want to add my-other-site.com.
- You want them both to go to the same place. In other words, when someone types either www.mysite.com or www.my-other-site.com they will go to the same page(s) on your website
- In order to have additional parked domains you need to register them
- You have two domains: mysite.com and my-other-site.com.
- You want the two domains to be totally separate/independent websites
- In order to have additional add-on domains you need to register them