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, https://SUBDOMAIN.maindomain.com. 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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- Log into GoDaddy
- Launch the hosting manager
- Click on “Your Domains”
- Click “Add Domain”
- Type the name of the sub domain and the folder you’d like the files for that sub domain to live.
- 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 https://backupinformer.itarsenal.com here to test out our upcoming backup guide, Backup Informer.