Read this article and discover everything you need to know about subdomains including what is a subdomain, how to create a subdomain, and the beneficial uses of subdomains!
What is a Subdomain?
A subdomain is known as a second website. Even though there is no new domain name, the content, the subdomain has to present is different than the content on the main website. In other words, you use the exact same domain but you change the www to something else, something that is more appropriate. The subdomain usually looks like help.domain.com, example.domain.com, forums.domain.com, example2.domain.com (we assume that the main domain name is domain.com).
As you can see, it is not always mandatory to register a new domain, when you can use the one that you’ve already own and just do a little modification. Instead of registering a new domain for a new website, you can just create a subdomain (by using the hosted domain you already own).
How to Create a Subdomain?
In order to create a subdomain, you need to follow these steps. Please keep in mind that the control panel may be different (it depends on the domain registrar you use), but the steps are generally the same:
- Login to your cPanel and click Subdomain
- In the drop-down navigation, select the domain
- Enter the subdomain you want
- Click Save
If you want to delete a certain subdomain, you need to:
- Login to your cPanel and click Subdomains
- At the bottom, you will find a function called Remove, click Remove
- Click Save
The Various Uses of Subdomains
Even though the subdomain is part of the primary website, it is still considered as a separate website by Google and other search engines. People noticed this and that is why they have decided to use subdomains for different organization purposes or in situations where they don’t want specific parts of their site to be indexed by Google. The subdomains are generally used to:
- Create Different Sites for Niches of Users
- Separate Your E-Commerce Site or Blog from Your Main Website
- Create a Separate Mobile Website
- In Case You Have a Large Number of Users That Create Profiles on Your Root Domain Names
Consult with domain expert or with your domain registrar about whether or not you should use subdomains as part of your website.
— Sasahost Kenya (@sasahost) 17 de enero de 2017