HOW TO BUILD A WEB SITE FOR YOUR BUSINESS – PART 2
Not too long ago, when web storage space was still measured in MB instead of GB, each web site required its own web hosting plan. The plan might have cost anywhere from free to pretty darned expensive. But, whatever you paid, One Domain = One Account.
Now storage capacity is measured in terabytes and the cost is trivial. Hosting companies no longer compete by offering 100 MB of storage, or 500 MB, or even 5 GB. Instead, they offer unlimited domains.
This is a very good thing for internet entrepreneurs.
With a good hosting company, like BlueHost or HostGator, you can add as many domains as you need under just one account, for as little as $7.00 per month. (That sort of low rate will require a multi-year contract. If you are signing up for only one year, expect to pay about $10.00 per month.)
Of course, before you can point your new Add-on and Parked domains to your web hosting account, you’ll need to register them with a domain registrar like GoDaddy.com. This is an additional and entirely separate step. It is accomplished through the registrar, not the web host. Once that’s taken care of, you are ready to start.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT DOMAIN TYPES?
There are three different types of domains
- Add-on Domains
- Parked Domains
Each offers something different, and each one may be useful to an internet retailer. Here’s a breakdown.
Subdomains are a section of your original domain. If, for instance, your domain is called mywebsite.com, a subdomain’s URL would be subdomain.mywebsite.com
Subdomains are organized as folders under the root structure of you domain. If you look at your site with some sort of file manager, the subdomain will appear to be just another folder.
So why use a subdomain at all? Say you’ve added a forum and you want its name to be prominently featured and easy to remember. Promote the bulletin board to a subdomain. The subdomain would still be associated with your regular URL, but users would find it by typing in a URL such as forums.mywebsite.com
Most hosting plans offer unlimited subdomains.
ADD ON DOMAINS
An Add On Domain is a totally separate web site, complete with its own URL and files, hosted under the same account as the original domain. When sites like BlueHost offer Unlimited Domains, they are saying you can have as many different web sites or blogs as you can manage for just one monthly fee, instead of paying for a new hosting plan for each site. This can add up to a considerable savings, especially for people running something like BANS sites. You could have 5, 10, or 100 small affiliate-income generating sites for $7.00/month – total.
Finally, Parked Domain point to an existing site. For instance – suppose people regularly mistype the URL for your web site. Maybe your business is called “Clover City Sells” and, when you say it, people hear “Clover City Sales” instead.
If even 5 visitors out of 100 mistype your URL and – instead of seeing your web site – see a page that says “Web Site Not Found,” it could be terrible for your business. What’s the solution? Register the second domain (clovercitysales) and park it. The parked domain’s visitors will automatically land on the CloverCitySells web site.
With a parked domain, two different domains (URLs) lead to one web site.
Again, the ability to host unlimited parked domains can be a real money saver. You can register common misspellings of your domain or you can register other domain extensions (like .net or .biz) to prevent competitors from grabbing them. The only extra expense is the few dollars per year you’ll spend on the domain registration. You won’t even need to spend time creating a web page to redirect your visitors.