If you’re building a website, you’ve likely come across the terms addon domain and subdomain. These are two URL tools that can help you to organize your site and drive traffic.
They can also provide SEO and content management benefits that would be otherwise unavailable, all at no extra cost.
Read on to find out more about them and how they can benefit your site.
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What is an Addon Domain?
An addon domain is a full website that uses a new domain name. Addon domains allow you to own and manage an entirely separate website domain while having your original URL.
Addon domains also have other accounts that are separate from the primary page. When you create an addon domain, you’ll receive separate site email addresses and FTPs (file transfer protocol) to upload content. Addon domains and original domains will share disk space.
Addon domains will not make any difference for site visitors when they view your page. The site they entered into the search bar will be the domain that displays, not redirecting to the original domain name.
For example, if your original domain name is myhomepage.com, but you buy an addon domain called myaddondomain.com, myaddondomain.com would appear in the search bar.
Addon domains can also have separate subdomains, distinct from addon domains but with a similar purpose.
How to Create an Addon Domain
When you decide to create an addon domain, visit the cPanel on your hosting site. You should see a section labeled “Addons.” Click here, and it will take you to an addon domain field.
Fill in the name of the addon domain you want, and the cPanel will fill in the subdomain and document root automatically.
Benefits of Addon Domains
Addon domains have SEO benefits, helping to promote content using multiple domains hosted from the same account. You can also save time and money by having your sites under one account, meaning you don’t have to pay for an additional user account to run multiple domains, and you can maintain all content in one space.
Cons of Addon Domains
The positives of addon domains also create issues for them. If your website has a suspension, all of the sites on your cPanel are also suspended, including addon domains.
What is a Subdomain?
A subdomain is a new, fully-operational website with different content, but it does not require a new domain name to be registered by the user. It instead uses the current domain and adds a new section, unlike the addon domain.
Subdomains have a new subsection prefixing the domain name. For example, if you wanted to add a blog subdomain to www.mysite.com, the subdomain would be blog.mysite.com.
You’ve likely seen a subdomain if you’ve ever used a free account on sites like WordPress or Squarespace, where your site would be mysite.wordpress.com instead of a full domain.
How to Create a Subdomain
To create a subdomain, you’ll use the cPanel on your hosting site. Click the subdomain button and start by selecting the domain to which you want to add a subdomain. Next, type the name of the subdomain you want to add into the subdomain field.
Benefits of Subdomains
Subdomains offer a few benefits to users. They appear as completely distinct web pages in search engine result pages (SERPs), essentially allowing you to get twice the SERP benefit for each of your pages.
If your content appears high on its respective SERP, it will push other competing sites even lower now that you have a subdomain.
Subdomain names are also great for making their site’s purpose very clear to users. Subdomains can also house new content that can better draw in users in other demographics.
Cons of Subdomains
Subdomain addresses can be long and confusing for users typing them. Because they are technically distinct, subdomains also present the risk of hurting your site’s brand by creating so many different web pages that are all technically related.
Addon domains and subdomains come with advantages that could make them an attractive option for your site. These advantages are primarily cost-saving with cheap web hosting because you maintain all content for either option under one account.
Because of the way they operate, they also both present disadvantages. While both options are easy to set up, it’s worth weighing the pros and cons of these additional domains before adding them to your account.