A parked Internet domain is one that's taken, yet it is not associated with any other service - web or e mail hosting. Essentially, such a domain will not load any real content in case you type it within a browser, but nobody can take it as you have already registered it and you are its owner. The main advantage of obtaining a domain and parking it afterwards is the fact that you will be able to keep it and not worry that somebody else could possibly register it in the meantime if, for instance, the site for it is not ready yet. You can set a short-term Under Construction website page for a parked domain name while you are working on the website, or direct it to another web address - temporarily or permanently. The latter option can be used when you have already registered domain.com, for instance, and you get domain.net and domain.org, so as to protect a brand name or a trademark. In this situation, the .net and .org domain names can be parked and forwarded to the .com as you don't need individual sites for them.