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lancerfootwear
Dear Sir/Madam
this is very confusing to me that what is a domain name and what is Sub-Domain name ?
can you please make me clear about these terms.
thanks
dude_xyx
Eg -

domain - www.flowers.com

Subdomain - roses.flowers.com

[ just like yahoo.com and mail.yahoo.com ]

A subdomain is the part of the website address before the domain name. For example, the address for WebsiteGear forum is http://sub.yourdomain.com. Here, forum is a subdomain of the domain name websitegear.com. Subdomains are also known as the third level domains or canonical names. A subdomain, unlike a domain name, is not registered anywhere because it is associated with a domain name only. It can be created by the web host on the DNS server. The most commonly used subdomain is www, as in http://www.yourdomain.com. However, there is no need to add www in front of the domain name. Similarly, mail server addresses often have mail as the subdomain, as in mail.your domain.com.

why domain name is better then subdomains ? ins SEO point of view subdomains are a desaster if the domain it belong is not own by you.coz if you have to move your web site from the subdmaain to new domain name u will loose all yr traffic.and subdomains are good if the main domain belongs to u ,coz u can make better urls

eg- harrypotter.com - "books.harrypotter.com" for books and "movies.harrypotter.com" for movies. it might help u to get a better rank in search engines under both keywords "movies" and "harrypotter"
LostOverThere
A lot of free servers (Frihost for example) give you a subdomain, that looks like this:

Something.Frihost.net

Where as a domain, you'll have something like this:

Something.net


HTH,
LostOverThere
loosu
Some major brands use sub-domains effectively for their new marketing campaigns.
TheDarkLord
Here is an example. A solid domain would be: yourwebsitename.com. A subdomain could be, if hosted on frihost for example: yourwebsitename.frih.net Rolling Eyes
vlnjodie
I have a question directed more towards Frihost stuff.

Lets say I have a domain name

www.violinjodie.com

I have my frihost website directed towards this address. This would be for my professional site. Stuff about violin lessons violin stuff.

Then can I have my personal blog on the same hosting service? Could I use an address like;

www.violinjodie.com/blog
or
www.blog.violinjodie.com

Are either of these possible on Frihost? Right now I'm just using www.vlnjodie.frihost.net as my address for my blog and I would like to add a professional site to the mix. Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks!
billybob
vlnjodie wrote:
I have a question directed more towards Frihost stuff.

Lets say I have a domain name

www.violinjodie.com

I have my frihost website directed towards this address. This would be for my professional site. Stuff about violin lessons violin stuff.

Then can I have my personal blog on the same hosting service? Could I use an address like;

www.violinjodie.com/blog
or
www.blog.violinjodie.com

Are either of these possible on Frihost? Right now I'm just using www.vlnjodie.frihost.net as my address for my blog and I would like to add a professional site to the mix. Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks!


Im not frihost staff but, Yes either of those are possible just create a folder within your current public_html folder called blog then www.vlnjodie.frihost.net/blog would direct to that folder without the need to do anything else. As for the subdomain on the new domain once you buy and Park it to your account, you will then be able to create a subdomain to this domain so you could create www.blog.violinjodie.com and in the directory entry box just type blog and it will point www.blog.violinjodie.com towards the blog folder under public_html....

did that make sense I think I started to woffel abit Confused
mamatha
Domain Name provides identification for collection of devices under single Administration & Management. Domain name can be registered for Unique identity on Internet for eg xyz.com.
While Sub Domain provides further divisions and extensions for the Domain name that can be organised or categorised according to Organisational needs for eg sales.xyz.com.

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briankid
my little contribution........................
Subdomain means creating a new domain name which links to a new page entirely but the url will make a reference to the real domain name e.g if a domain name is food.com , a subdomain can be rice.food.com or food.com/rice
jordivh
The answers helped me out as well. But if you registered a domain name are there automaticly a copple of subdomains that you can use or do you need to register those also?

ex. randomsite.com as domain and randomsite/help.com.

Sorry for my grammer, I'm working on it.
zimmer
lancerfootwear wrote:
Dear Sir/Madam
this is very confusing to me that what is a domain name and what is Sub-Domain name ?
can you please make me clear about these terms.
thanks



Understanding The Difference Between A Domain, A SubDomain, and a Directory
June 16th, 2008
How do you tell the difference between a domain, a sub-domain, and a sub-directory, and what is the difference between the three, and when developing a website which should you use, and for what.

This article is written for those of you who are in the process of looking for a website designer. One of the good things to do when you’re shopping, is to look through the web designer’s portfolio. Most folks looking through a portfolio of websites will notice the obvious, like what the websites look like. This article was written to hopefully help you notice something a big less obvious: whether the web designer is using “real” domains, creating “sub-domains”, or “directories” for his website clients.


When you’re looking in a web designer’s portfolio, don’t just rely on the images they provide. Click in the URL (web address) of the websites they claim to have designed. (If you find a lot of broken links, this is not a good sign). Take a good look at the URL, it’s at the very top of your browser and begins with “http://”.

First, let me explain what these three things are and how to tell them apart.

1. Domains: These look like “http://www.yourbusiness.com” or “http://yourbusiness.com”. Domains are registered and owned by YOU, the small business owner.

2. SubDomains: These look like “http://www.yourbusiness.yourwebdesigner.com”. Once someone buys a domain, they can make all the subdomains they want, for free. Sometimes web designers will create subdomains for their clients – but they are not owned by the business owner – they are owned by the web designer. You as a small business owner have no rights to a subdomain on some else’s website.

3. Directory: These look like: “http://www.yourwebdesigner.com/yourbusiness/”. These are simply directories that the web designer has created to put your files in.

You want to see a web design portfolio where everyone has their own domain name, like #1 above. This is the only professional, and in my opinion, ethical way, to do website design for other people. Since domain registrations are so inexpensive ($10 per year), and hosting is also inexpensive ($10 per month) there is just no reason why a small business owner couldn’t afford to get their own domain name and their website files living right on that domain.

Why do some web designers use subdomains and directories? Laziness? Ignorance? For profit? Since it costs them nothing to create a subdomain or directory, maybe they’re charging folks for “web hosting”. Maybe they don’t know search engines work. Either way, this practice is NOT in the best interests of the small business owner who wants a website that will perform well over time in search engines. Let’s talk about that next…

How important is search engine traffic to small business websites? Super duper critical. Google knows the difference between domains and directories. In order to rank well, you want to have all of your content be just about your business, not mixed in with who knows how many other small businesses on who knows how many other directories. Domain age is another factor in ranking, and the sooner you get your own domain the better. Eventually, if you’re a serious business, you’ll get your own domain, and all that time you’ve spent living on someone else’s domain won’t count.

Don’t you want control over your own website? I can’t even begin to count how many people contact me with “my website designer has disappeared” stories. Over and over again. The only way to have complete control over your website, is to own your own domain.

And the same goes for web hosting: You will also want to control your website hosting (read this article on how to select a website hosting company) and I don’t recommend that you let your website designer do your website hosting. These are really very different skills – and you can get very good website hosting for very low rates ($10 per month). Would you let your housing contractor own the land that your home is built on? Of course not. Don’t do the same with your website.

Be Independent! By following this advice, your website designer can disappear, and your small business website will be just fine. You just need to find another person to make modifications, but your website will remain up and running in the meantime, and no one will be able to steal your website files or your domain name.

Take Home Message: When shopping for a web designer, look at their portfolio. Visit the websites they claim to have designed. Look at the URL and make sure the business owns their own domain (not a sub-domain of the designer, not a sub-directory of the designer’s site). Pick a web designer who is ethical and responsible enough to allow the small business owner maximum control of their website. In the end, if that web designer disappears, you’ll be glad you did.
EpsomSaltsNI
That was fantastic advice there. I hope I can remember all this, so it doesn't blow up in my face down the road.

Cheers Smile
zimmer
LostOverThere wrote:
A lot of free servers (Frihost for example) give you a subdomain, that looks like this:

Something.Frihost.net

Where as a domain, you'll have something like this:

Something.net


HTH,
LostOverThere


this is a simple explanation and easy to understand.
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