There are two separate services that you need for a working web site - a domain and a website hosting plan for it. When you type the domain address in your web browser, you see the content that’s uploaded within the website hosting account, but if that Internet domain isn't linked to such an account or to an e-mail service, it's parked. In other words, the Internet domain is registered and you're its owner, but it doesn't have any content of its own. As a substitute, it can open either a pre-made “Under Construction / For Sale” webpage from the registrar company, or it can be directed to some other URL of your choice. The main advantage of parking a domain is that you can keep it and make sure that no one else will take it. At the same time, it will not take a slot for a hosted domain address inside your account. In addition, you can park domains if you have a .com, for instance, and you register domain names with other extensions such as .net, .org or country-code ones to direct them to the main site in order to protect a brand name.