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 What is a parked domain name?

"This domain name is parked" You've probably tried to access a web address in your browser and got this message, but what is a parked domain name and why would a domain name be- he parked? Is it possible to still get this domain name? Is it precisely the will of its owner to make it unavailable? And if so, why ? All the answers to these questions (and many more) in the following lines.

What is a parked domain name?

Domain names can have various uses. They can be linked to a website, serve as e- mail addresses , be used as link shortcuts, be redirected to a social network page, and many other things. 

To put it simply, a parked domain name is not attached to any of these uses, it is not linked to a website, a mailbox or any other resource, with the exception, therefore, of this web page which tells you that it is a parked domain name, the “parking page”. 

Typically, these domain names point to a single-page website that displays a simple message, and that message, you guessed it, is, "This domain name is parked." This is sometimes called a parking page.

Why park a domain name?

Several reasons can lead to parking a domain name.

1. The website has not yet been designed.

Often, when registering a domain name, a person has a specific idea or project in mind: a blog , an e-commerce siteor just a static information site. It is common for the registration of the domain name to be the beginning of the implementation of the project. 

If the ideal domain name is available, no doubt this person will rush to register it before they have even started to write a page for their future site. Between the moment of registering a domain name and setting up the site, the owner of the domain name will often “park” it. 
Indeed, at Gandi, a domain name points by default to a parking page. Once the owner of the domain name is ready to link it to their website, they point their domain name to their hosting. This action makes it possible to “unpark” the domain name.

2. The owner does not plan to use the domain name

But it is also possible that the person who registered the domain name did so without having a particular project in mind. This can happen if the domain name was registered as a defensive domain name or, in other words, to prevent someone else from registering it.

This is common for brands that want to prevent their brand name, or something closely resembling it, from being used by someone else to abuse their customers or users. 

In this case, it is more relevant to set up a redirect so that all the addresses point to the same place, but the “parking page” is also a possibility.

3. The owner wants to resell the domain name

If a brand has not taken its precautions as indicated above, someone can acquire a domain name hoping to be able to develop it, in order to resell it later. It's possible to classify this kind of registration as cybersquatting or domain speculation. 

Without necessarily yielding to this kind of practice, the owner of a domain name can actively seek to sell the parked domain name. In this case, it does not make sense for them to set up a website. It could be domain speculation or cybersquatting. 

Call it what you will, but selling a domain name for more than was paid for the life of the domain name is one way to make money from domain names.

4. The owner wants to monetize traffic to the domain name

In an effort to monetise traffic, people occasionally purchase domain names with significant traffic. In this case, you will not see an ordinary parking page, but a monetized parking page. 

This is another way to grow ownership of a domain name that is often abandoned after years of sustained activity. Needless to emphasize the very questionable ethical nature of this kind of practice.

What if the domain you want is parked?

As there are a wide variety of reasons a domain name might get parked, it's hard to say if you'll be able to get a domain name that you see parked. It could be :

  • of someone who is specifically looking for a buyer,
  • of someone who had an idea once and gave it up and might be willing to sell it, 
  • someone who has absolutely no desire to sell his domain name and who registered it to protect himself or his customers or users.

The only way to find out is to try to contact the owner. You can do this using  whois . By contacting him via the e-mail address indicated in the whois, the owner will then be aware of your interest and will be able to respond to you directly.


A parked domain name is a domain name that is simply not in use. So when you navigate to a domain name and come across a message that it's parked, it can have different meanings. 

There are also a few reasons why you might want to park a domain name you purchased, or why your domain name might get parked without you doing anything.