There are 2 services that you need for a functioning web site - a domain name and a web hosting plan for it. Whenever you type the Internet domain in your browser, you see the content that is 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 domain is registered and you are its owner, but it doesn't have any content of its own. Instead, it can open either a pre-made “Under Construction / For Sale” Internet page from the registrar company, or it can be directed to some other URL of your choice. The advantage of parking a domain is that you can keep it and ensure that no one else will take it. At the same time, it won't take a slot for a hosted Internet domain within your account. In addition, you can park domain names if you have a .com, for instance, and you register domains with other extensions such as .net, .org or country-code ones to direct them to the main web site in order to protect a brand name.