What is a subdomain?

A subdomain is the addition part of your primary domain. It is created to navigate different sections of the website. Subdomains can be created and used for testing, and staging versions of your website. You can create a specific subdomain for specific users. The subdomains help in organizing your website.

For example find.yourname.com

In this mentioned example, ‘find’ is the subdomain, ‘yourname’ is the primary domain and ‘.com’ is the top-level domain (TLD). Any text can be used as a subdomain for your website, but one thing you would want to make sure of is it’s easy to type and remember.

There are numerous reasons companies’ use subdomains, a few of them are discussed below:

Use cases of Subdomain:

The most common use-case of a subdomain is for making a staging version of a website or testing a version of the website. Usually, developers can take a look at new plugins and updates on a subdomain staging website before publishing them live.

Another use of a subdomain that is to form an online e-commerce store is very common. Usually, firms desire a separate subdomain to handle transactions as a result of e-commerce sites usually needs an additional complicated setup.

We have additionally seen firms use subdomains for their mobile websites (m.yoursite.com), location-specific sites (uk.yoursite.com), and making sub-sections of the website.

You can install and work using WordPress on your subdomain, and it’ll function as a separate installation from your primary website.

A subdomain can be used to serve a particular cluster of users on your website like ‘guest.yourwebsite.com’, ‘user.yourwebsite.com’, and more. This is how website builder platforms like WordPress.com, blogger.com often supply custom websites to users.

Subdomains may be incredibly helpful in organizing your website content additional with efficiency. The proper use of a subdomain doesn’t affect your primary website’s SEO. However, in uncertainty, we tend to suggest keeping everything on a similar domain and avoid employing a subdomain for public sites.

Subdomains are commonly used by internet service providers to supply web services. They allocate one or multiple subdomains to their clients who do not have a domain name of their own allowing independent administration by the clients over their respective subdomains.

Subdomains are also widely used by companies or organizations that wish to assign unique names to every service, department, or function related to the company or the organization. For example, universities mostly assign “CSC” to the computer science department, in a way that several hosts can easily be used inside that subdomain, such as www.cs.exam.edu.

Some of the globally recognized subdomains are WWW and FTP. These subdomains allow a structure wherein the domain contains files including the FTP directories and administrative directories and webpages. FTP subdomain is capable of storing logs and the web page directories, while the WWW subdomain is capable of storing the directories for the web pages. Independent authentication for each domain allows access control over the different levels of the domain.

There are various types of subdomains available, a few of them are:

  • Show WebSpace content
  • Forwarding
  • Hidden forwarding
  • Show “Domain parked” name