Subdomains And Subdirectories

Subdomains and Subdirectories
Subdomains And Subdirectories

 

Subdomains and Subdirectories:  You can look at these as two different ways to organize your Web site.  Think of it in more every day terms.  If you were one person with one set of clothes, things would be simple.  But what if you are a family of four consisting of Mom, Dad, a son, and a daughter.  Now imagine that all four of you keep your clothes in one big box.  Quite a mess, right?  Well, you know how to fix this situation.  You get four dressers, one for each member of the family.  But, it doesn’t stop “a dresser”.  You don’t just throw your clothes in a dresser.  You put your shirts in one drawer, your socks in another drawer, and so on.  The word we’re looking for is “organized”.  A Web site is exactly the same as this family of four.  If your Web site has just one page, you don’t need any organization.  But, if your Web site outgrows its simplicity, you’re going to need some organization, and that’s what we’re covering here.

 

Subdomains

Subdomains are like the dresser above.  They can be used to better organize your Web site.  Lets use an example – internetstuff.com.  That’s quite generic and could easily become a mess of information.  So lets create some dressers to store our information, but instead of calling them dressers we’ll call them subdomains of the original domain.  We could create subdomains that look like this:  http://domains.internetstuff.com and http://webhosting.internetstuff.com, and so on.  Get the idea and see how it can be organized?

 

Subdirectories

Subdirectories, often called “folders”, follow the same theory, they just do it in another direction.  A folder falls under its parent domain and would appear like this:  http://www.internetstuff.com/domains/.  If your Web site really starts getting cluttered you can always further organize it with something like http://www.internetstuff.com/domains/registering/.  You can continue to create sub-folders all day with the only limitation being that you don’t want to turn it into an easy to get lost mess!

 

Which To Use?

You can use either of these structures to organize your Web site, or you can use both depending on how and what it is you’re organizing.  A few points to think about when considering which way to go:

1.  Subdomains are generally a bit more trouble to set up as you actually go into your Web site management area (cpanel) and create it.

2.  Subdirectories/folders are much easier to create because they are built just like the rest of your Web site.  The same as making a new page.

3.  Search engines generally give a higher preference to a subdomain as they tend to look at it more as a separate entity were as a folder more as a “part” of the original domain.

 

Conclusion For Subdomains And Subdirectories

This has been a simple introduction to give you a little better understanding of the organization process to building an easy to navigate Web site.  It’s up to you to decide which or of both methods are best suited for the structure of your Web site.  Now you know that both subdomains and subdirectories are there for you to use!
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