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You may have seen some websites that have two or more subdomains. E.g. forums.ehowportal.com or blog.ehowportal.com or courses.ehowportal.com or something like that. It’s called subdomain. If you want to create a subdomain like this, here is the tutorial to set up your subdomain with your Bluehost account.
What is subdomain?
Before we begin, let’s understand subdomain definition. The Domain Name System (DNS) has a tree structure or hierarchy, with each node on the tree being a domain name. This is the simple definition according to Wikipedia. Suppose I have blog domain name starting with www.ehowportal.com. I can add subdomain instead of www & install different Content Management System(CMS) on it.
What you can do with Subdomain
You can set up different CMS on a subdomain, create a course, eCommerce shop or anything and treat it like a separate website.
How to setup a subdomain on Bluehost
I can add any name like forum.ehowportal.com or members.ehowportal.com and bla bla bla. You might have noticed that olx website has various subdomains like delhi.olx.in, Gujarat.olx.in, surat.olx.in and so on. Likewise, you can add as many subdomains as you wish but remember that as many subdomains installed on your blog, as many difficulties you will have while managing its contents.
Mostly we have seen WordPress bloggers are using forum script on their subdomain to create community. You too can install subdomain on your main domain from a Bluehost control panel.
To setting up sub-domain on Bluehost, follow the steps:
- First login to your Bluehost account control panel and select domains > Navigate to a subdomain.
You will find an option to create a subdomain on your Bluehost Cpanel there.
You will need to enter the subdomain name on the box field as shown in the image above. The home folder is the name of folder that will be created on your hosting account’s file manager’s Publich_html folder. So that you can track or manage directories from your public_html folder.
Suppose you want to make it forum.ehowportal.com, enter the forum on mysubdomain box as shown in the image above. You can specify the folder to ehowportal forum or forum ehowportal or something like that, that you can remember easily. It’s not necessary to have the same name for both.
- Select Create button to create a subdomain on your hosting account.
You will see subdomain creation success message on your Bluehost account. I hope this guide on how to create a subdomain in cPanel has helped you. Previously I was creating sub-domains like forums, guide etc. But recent Google algorithm update has changed things entirely. It ranks the site with more detailed & specific niches instead of multi-niche blogs.
So if you are planning to create a separate niche blog, I would recommend you to create a totally different site instead of using this.
Previously a website called about.com which was multi-niche websites but has been renamed to dotdash.com. Previously they were providing information on all niche & it was multi-topic websites. But with the passage of time & search engine algorithm update, they started niche specific blogs & split their content into multiple categories, domains & websites. You can check out their website to find out how many websites they divided their content into.
Same happened with hubpages.com & Squidoo which was multi-author revenue sharing websites. Hubpages acquired Squidoo & also they divided their multi-topic content into niche specific domains. Check Hubpages Homepage to find out a number of domains listed there along with their content.
I recommend you to start with a specific niche topic blog instead of a multi-topic blog. Even if you start one, you should work hard to get traffic on your blog. So it’s a wise decision to start niche focused blog.
Subdomain vs Subfolder
If you want to add sub-niche of the same category, I would recommend you to create a folder on your public_html instead of having a subdomain. Subdomain & sub-directory ranks on Google the same way but I prefer using sub-folder instead of sub-domain.
Deleting Subdomain from Bluehost
If you have already a lot of subdomains & want to delete some of them or the one which you no longer use, you can follow the steps listed below.
Here are the steps to delete a subdomain from Bluehost:
- All you need to Login to your Bluehost account > Domains > Sub-domains.
- Scroll down to see Existing Subdomains section
Here you will be able to see a list of subdomains that you have created with your Bluehost account. If you have hosted more than 1 site on your Bluehost account, you will see a lot of sub-domains there. Don’t delete them.Just remove the subdomain for a specific site that you no longer need.
There is two action for your existing sub-domains.
Redirect – If you receive a lot of traffic to your sub-domain pages, it is advisable to redirect it instead of removing it. You can redirect your sub-domain from Bluehost CPanel from redirect option.
Remove – If you no longer need any sub-domain that you have created previously, you can simply click on remove button to remove sub-domain. Here we will show you removing sub-domain from Bluehost CPanel so we will click the remove button.
Once you select remove button, it will ask you for your confirmation of removal of your subdomain that you just clicked to delete. Select delete subdomain button to remove it permanently from your account.
I hope you get an idea of removing or adding subdomain on your Bluehost account. If you still need any help in setting up subdomain on your Bluehost account, check out the video below.
If you want to assign a domain or delete a domain from your Bluehost account, you can check out this tutorial.
I hope setting up subdomain & removing subdomain on Bluehost has helped you, if you still need help in following those steps, feel free to leave a comment below.