Unlike many web hosts, NameHero allows for unlimited parked domains on even the cheapest starter plan. Most other providers have very limited quotas for parked domains in their basic plans and force you to upgrade if you want to have more than say, 5. Others don’t allow parked domains on their budget plans at all!
Here’s a screenshot of NameHero’s parked domain feature list for the Starter and Plus plans:
This makes NameHero ideal for storing your parked domains, even with the cheapest plan. And of course, you get free server-caching and all of the other great features that NameHero offers!
What are Parked Domains?
Website URLs are like real estate property. Unlike real estate, there are potentially infinite domain names, but some are more desirable than others. To an extent, having a good domain name is indicative of trust. Some domains are compromised and on various blacklists, so they are less valuable than others – or even worthless.
This has led to a thriving industry, where people purchase domains and hold onto them until they can be sold at higher prices. As you know, registering a domain is easy – and can be done for around 12 bucks a year. This means that you can potentially buy dozens (or hundreds) of domains, and hang onto them in the hopes of scoring big when someone wishes to purchase the domain off of you.
The practice of accumulating domains like this and keeping them in storage is known as “parking”.
Parking Domains Related to Your Main Website
Another possibility is when you want to pick up all the name variations of URLs that are related to your website. For example:
And so on and so forth. In these situations, you’re holding the domains, not with the intention to sell them, but to redirect them to your primary domain for branding purposes. This way, you can ensure that someone else isn’t stealing your traffic when visitors type in common variations of your URL, or misspell it.
The above is most useful for websites that rely heavily on their own branding, and not on search engines to receive most of their traffic.
What to Do with Parked Domains?
Even though NameHero allows you to have unlimited parked domains, the type of plan you have can restrict what you choose to do with them. Here are a few options:
Redirect them All to a Single Domain – Starter Cloud
If your primary business is about selling domains, then you can simply redirect all parked domains to a single landing page that provides the sales pitch for the domain name. You can figure out which domain caused the redirect, and then work that into your landing page with the price etc.
Since NameHero’s basic plan only allows you to hose a single website, all your parked domains have to redirect to the same main domain linked to your account.
Make Each Parked Domain Host its Own Content – Plus Cloud or More
A slightly more involved – but potentially higher converting – strategy is to have each parked domain host its own content with an appropriate sales pitch. Perhaps even with its own theme to match the URL in question. This process is a lot more involved than the former.
In addition, you can’t implement this on the Starter plan because the Starter only allows you to host a single website. The minimum you need is the “Plus” plan that allows you to host 6 websites. Which means six parked domains. If you want more than that, you need at least the Turbo cloud plan.
NameHero is great for your business involving parked domains. All the plans allow for unlimited parked domains, and if you want to upgrade your business to have separate hosting for each, the higher-tier plans have you covered!
I’m a NameHero team member, and an expert on WordPress and web hosting. I’ve been in this industry since 2008. I’ve also developed apps on Android and have written extensive tutorials on managing Linux servers. You can contact me on my website WP-Tweaks.com!