How to create a Virtual Directory / Sub Domain - Part 7

Relevant for: Online Marketing, Bloggers, Web Masters

Today we’re helping out Chris B. He’s looking to test a salespage on the web just as so many online entrepreneurs have. He has a website, but the idea of buying a new domain name for every idea you have can be costly, so in order to test the waters of a product idea and salespage he’d like to set up a sub domain. Sub domains are mostly free and are used for secondary sections or projects under a main website.

A sub domain is exactly what it sounds like, a group of files that are underneath a directory of another. In the internet world, a sub domain looks like this, Most of the time sub domains do not require tricky set up. Don’t be confused, we aren’t redirecting or re-routing anything. A sub domain is an address with your main domain in it.

Most companies that sell domain names have a similar process to GoDaddy’s, so let’s break it down and walk you through it. The whole process should take about 3 minutes.

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  1. Log into GoDaddy
  2. Launch the hosting manager
  3. Click on “Your Domains”
  4. Click “Add Domain”
  5. Type the name of the sub domain and the folder you’d like the files for that sub domain to live.
  6. Click OK. The time it takes to become active in the file structure (FTP) will vary from a few minutes to a few hours.

Sub domains are useful for launching secondary sections of your website or creating new testing grounds for sales pages and projects. We’re using here to test out our upcoming backup guide, Backup Informer.

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