Park Your Domain Name Until You Are Ready to Use It

by Emily Retherford

1 min read

If you feel you’re not ready to launch your website, you may be tempted to put off getting a domain name. There’s no need to wait to register your favorite name while you work on other tasks, though. You can park your domain name instead. Parking a domain is a way of showing activity when there isn’t any and can even make you money. Parking is the step between registering your domain name and setting up a web hosting account. You can park a domain name indefinitely, as long as you keep paying for it. The advantage to this is your preferred name will be sitting there, ready to use when the time comes to move forward with your website. Domain name parking is provided automatically by the domain registrar. A parked domain page usually is a single page, essentially a temporary web page announcing the domain, and may display a message saying your website is under construction. It’s a helpful way to let people looking for your website know that something’s coming at some point in the future. This way, they can bookmark your domain in their browser to find you when your site is up and running. Once your website is ready to go live, your host updates the name servers at the registrar and visitors no longer see the parking page. This seamless transition means all your visitors have to do is visit your domain name to see your website. Parking your domain name is an easy way to establish your presence on the internet until your website is up and running.

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