This is the fifth in a series of lessons on using, managing and creating domains and subdomains at Ipower.com. In this lesson we discuss subdomains, what they are, and how you might use them. We look at an example of how I used them on hungryarchitect.com.
A subdomain is essentially a subdomain of an existing domain on your hosting account. So for example, we were just looking at a site called CTLP-Lesson 4 which is a subdomain of byobtutorial.com. So a subdomain usually precedes the domain name in the URL like this, CTLP-Lesson 4.byobtutorial.com and you can see that here, that’s what this is. CTLP-Lesson4.byobtutorial.com, this CTLP-Lesson4 is my subdomain inside of the main domain which is byobtutorial.com.
I do this for my lessons, right? CTLP refers to Customize Thesis Like a Pro and then I have hyphen lesson whatever for each lesson in that series. That just helps me keep all these kind of stuff straight.
And so, anyway, that is a subdomain. A subdomain is something that is preceded by this. Jared, I just actually answered the question, “Why do a subdomain?” I do a subdomain because… well, there’s a number of reasons actually. One of the reasons why you do a subdomain is that you don’t have to pay for it, right? So I could do a regular domain, CTLPlesson4.com and CTLPlesson5.com but I would pay domain registration fees for each one of those each year whereas subdomains do not require any additional… generally, do not require any additional registration fees.
Now actually, I do have a hosting account with a company called LFC hosting and I like very much for Windows hosting but they do charge you for every subdomain which seems to be almost Neanderthal but it doesn’t matter to me because I don’t need it there. But I would never host this kind of an account with them because I actually use lots and lots of subdomains.
And you might… well, another example of why you might do a subdomain is for example, hungryarchitect.com. This is my old architecture site, one of my old architecture sites. As a subdomain of hungryarchitect.com is my blog and it’s in… I chose to configure that subdomain as looking like /blog here instead of being a .blog in front. Today, I probably wouldn’t do that. Today, I would probably do .blog hungryarchitect.com but back when I created this back in… I don’t know, ’08 or whenever it was, that was the choice I made.
And so, this is a subdomain of the main website and this is the main domain. So that’s another reason why you might do a subdomain. You have a you know, you have a blog site and a regular static site.
And I think somebody just asked, “Is there a benefit to putting the subdomain in front?” Yeah, I think there is, actually. Maybe not necessarily with blog but I think that Google prefers or gives prominence to subdomains over and against subdirectories. And so you know, for example, you had a website that was you know, let’s see… well, if you could construct a subdomain and a domain name together, such that it sounded like a semantic URL like howtobuild… you know, I think that’s not a good example but… I’m drawing a blank here for the moment but there is a WordPress… I’m sorry. It is my understanding that Google favors subdomains over subdirectories and how much they favor them, I don’t know. But I think the conventional wisdom these days is if you have the opportunity, if it makes sense to do it as a subdomain rather than a subdirectory, you should do it as a subdomain. I can’t think of a good example of that at the moment though.
So anyway, that’s a subdomain.