Hello everyone! Typically, you would instаll a WordPress site on your primary domain. In this case, people use a regular URL to access it. However, there are some cases when it makes perfect sense to install WordPress on a subdomain.
In this article, I’m going to discuss the following:
Are you ready to start this journey? Let’s get started with the basics!
The concept of a subdоmain is pretty straightforward.
If you run a website, you have a dоmain for it. Many don’t know that they are not limited to one website per domain. In fact, your domain can fit as many websites as you wish if you use subdоmains.
Each subdоmain is an independent section of your domain, used to host a separate website. Subdоmains are also called ‘child domains’. The number of them you can have on one domain is only limited by your hosting capabilities.
If you use a parental website and subdоmains, they will be interconnected. A subdоmain inherits the domain name. The name of the subdоmain comes in front of it, followed by the dot. See an example:
Parent website: myestore.com
In this case, you have a subdоmain for running an independent blog, which is linked to your main e-store. When someone accesses the subdоmain, “blog.” is added in front of your website name to lead them to the subdоmain.
Now, let’s see in what cases you can benefit from having a subdоmain.
Of course, a site you create within the subdomain should somehow be related to the one in the main domain. Both will share your domain name, so it should make sense for the users why these two websites share the same parent domain name.
You can benefit from a subdomain in WordPress in the following cases:
These are the most popular and effective uses of subdomains. If you feel that there are definitely several ‘faces’ to your website, try using subdomains. In other cases, you should be happy setting up your site in the traditional way.
Some solutions are in many ways similar to subdomains. Let’s see when it makes more sense to use them instead.
The first thing that springs out of my mind is an “addon domain.” However, these were invented by hosting providers to let you run several websites within your control panel. If you go for an addon domain, the two websites will be completely independent. They won’t be interconnected.
The only benefit of addon domains is allowing you to use a single hosting interface to work with several websites. You can’t use a website installed on an addon domain the same way you can benefit from a subdomain hosted website.
So, the only actual alternative to subdomains is WordPress Multisite. With Multisite, you can create a whole network of closely related websites. All of these websites will reside within a single WordPress installation.
Websites powered with WordPress Multisite can have different file structures. However, a theme, plugins, and changes to the core WordPress functionality will affect all of these websites.
Multisite is ideal if your business needs to spin up dozens or even hundreds of micro-sites or niche websites. It’s most often used for:
Advantages of Multisite are the following:
And of course, there are certain disadvantages of WordPress Multisite, such as:
All in all, a subdomain is optimal for you if you want to have several interconnected websites with completely different purposes and designs. Multisite will be useful for those who want to power an array of several websites that serve the same purpose but present different brands/services/products.
Let’s say, you’ve decided that you need a subdomain. Fortunately, creating it is not rocket science no matter what hosting provider you use.
For the purposes of this article, I’ll be creating a HostGator subdomain. Then, I’ll install WordPress on HostGator within my subdomain folder. The process is pretty similar for all hosting providers. In your hosting control panel, it should probably be the same.
Let’s get started!
Now, I’ve got a HostGator subdomain and can move on and install WordPress on the subdomain.
I’ve created my HostGator subdomain. Now. it’s time to turn it into a WordPress subdomain by installing the engine there.
Fortunately, many hosting providers now let you install WordPress within a couple of clicks. And HostGator WordPress install is no exception. Follow these instructions:
After a short while, you’re going to see that it says 100%. Now you’ve got a HostGator WordPress install on a subdоmain.
Moreover, on this step, you’ll see your machine-generated password. It should also be automatically sent to your email.
Now, you can visit the newly born subdomain WordPress site. To visit its admin panel, go to mysite.com/wp-admin. Is everything looking fine? Great! Now you know how to install WordPress on a subdomain.
There’s still a lot of work ahead. You’ll be adding new content and working on the structure and capabilities of your subdomain WordPress site. I wish you good luck with this!
So, use subdоmain if you want to create a blog or website only tangentially related to your main site. Using subdоmains is not rocket science. First, you’ve got to create a subdоmain using your hosting cPanel. Then, you’ve got to install WordPress on a subdomain and start working on its file structure and content.
Have you ever created a subdоmain? How did it go? Share any of your thoughts and questions in the comments below.
Stay tuned for more!
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