Parked domain

Overview

When adding a domain to your panel, you can configure it several ways:

  • Fully Hosted — This means it appears on the Internet
  • Redirect — This redirects your domain to a Fully Hosted website
  • Mirrored — This mirrors a Fully Hosted website
  • DNS Only — This removes hosting and allows you to point your DNS outside of DreamHost

There is a final option called 'Parked'. A Parked domain doesn't do anything and has no settings. All of the options above either display a site or point to a site to display. A Parked domain is just a placeholder until you decide to do something with the website. 

How to park a domain

When you purchase a domain registration, the domain is automatically added to the Manage Websites page. You can also add a new domain as Parked, or change an existing domain to Parked.

Adding a new domain as Parked

  1. Navigate to the Manage Websites page.
  2. Click the Add Website button.
  3. Three options appear.
    • Enter a domain or subdomain you already own: Select this option if you've already registered your domain.
    • Create a subdomain: Select this option to create a subdomain on a domain you have already registered.
    • Register a new domain: Select this option to first register your domain name.
  4. Enter the new domain you wish to park, then click the Next: Hosting button to proceed.
  5. Select the Park Domain (no hosting) option on the next page, and then click the Park Domain button.
  6. Back on the Manage Websites page, you'll see it's now set as Parked.

Setting an existing domain to Parked

  1. Navigate to the Manage Websites page.
  2. Click the Manage button for your domain.
  3. Click the Hosting tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Non-Hosting Options section and select the Park Domain option.
  5. Click the Park this Domain button.
  6. Click the Yes, Park this Domain button that appears.

Once a domain is set to Parked, DreamHost displays a place-holder website with a generic DreamHost 'PARKED DOMAIN' message.

Parked domains are not hosted at all, so there is no server to log into to upload any data.

How to unpark a domain

To unpark a domain, you just need to assign it a different hosting type. The following are all options you can change to:

  • Fully Hosted — This means it appears on the Internet
  • Redirect — This redirects your domain to a Fully Hosted website
  • Mirrored — This mirrors a Fully Hosted website
  • DNS Only — This removes hosting and allows you to point your DNS outside of DreamHost

After changing the hosting type, the new DNS values will need to propagate online which could take up to 6 hours. View the following article for further details:

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