What is the difference between pointers, add-ons, and subdomains?

What is the difference between pointers, add-ons, and subdomains?

Subdomains:

Subdomains are a way of creating separate accounts within your main account.
The subdomain can be accessed through a separate URL in the form of 'http://subdomain.domainname'.

This represents a subfolder within the public_html level of your account and you can create e-mail accounts with the subdomain extension.

Subdomains are often used to make access to subdirectories easier by simply typing in a shorter domain name, rather than the full domain name and the directory name.

You can setup subdomains from your cPanel.


Domain pointers, parked domains, domain alias or domain forwarders:

This allows you to point multiple domain names to the same website.
For example: yourdomain.com, yourdomain.net and somethingelse.com can all point to the same location. However, it CANNOT point to a folder on the main domain and it does not have any FTP features.

Domain pointers are free; however, you need to pay for the domain registration and you must point them to the same nameservers of your main domain.

You can setup parked domains from your cPanel.


Add-on domains:

An add-on domain is a secondary domain name that points to a folder (subdirectory) within the main hosting account. It can be added from your cPanel.
Example:
www.seconddomain.com will show the files actually in www.maindomain.com/afolder/

An addon domain will act like a full account; you can create sub-domains, email accounts, and FTP accounts for your addon domains directly from your cPanel .

  • There will be no private cPanel logins for add-on domains.
  • You can't assign a dedicated IP, or install a SSL certificate on an add-on domain.
  • You can't use 2MExpress to publish to an add-on domain.


Notice that the price listed for add-on domains does NOT include domain name registration fees. You need to pay for the domain registration and you must point them to the same nameservers of your main domain.
 

Last update on: 2009-09-29 18:05:57