Creating a WordPress Subdomain

If you have a website and want to create a blog, you will probably want to install the most popular and easiest to use software, and that is WordPress, which was originally designed for that purpose.

Creating a WordPress subdomain is not difficult at all. The first thing you have to do is create a subdomain within your primary domain’s control panel (cPanel).

How to Create a Subdomain in cPanel

Log into your web hosting account, and open up your cPanel interface. If you do not have cPanel, most interfaces are pretty much the same. cPanel is the Control Panel, so go to wherever you change the settings for your website and you will find an option for adding a subdomain.

There will be a number of other options in there so do not get confused, there will be options for Add on Domains, Parked Domains, Redirects, etc., be sure to select the Subdomains option.

When you select the Subdomains option there will be a choice of two text boxes. One contains your primary domain and the other one should be empty. The empty text box on the left is where you enter the name for your subdomain and it can be any name you like. It is best to keep it short.

If your domain name is shoes.com and you want to name your subdomain to be ‘blog’ then your subdomain will be ‘blog.shoes.com’. Most hosting companies give a certain amount of subdomains for free and some offer unlimited subdomains, so you could have blue.shoes.com, green.shoes.com, etc.

Type “blog” in the text box on the left and hit the ‘Create’ button. Step one is finished. Not difficult at all.

The next step is to install WordPress.

Installing WordPress on your Subdomain

Go back to the cPanel home page and look for ‘Fantastico De Luxe’ – you can hardly miss it, Fantastico uses a smiley face as an icon and it should be located under ‘Software/Services’ somewhere towards the end of the cPanel menu.

There are a number of choices under the Blog category (if that’s what you want) on the left once you are in Fantastico. Click on WordPress and then you will see the New Installation option.

Another bunch of different options will come up. The first should be “Install on Domain” which is what you want, and there’s another drop down box when you click on that option. Your new subdomain name should be listed in that box – blog.shoes.com, the default address will be shoes.com.

Go ahead and select blog.shoes.com as your new subdomain if everything looks correct.

If you don’t see your subdomain then you have done something wrong, and you will have to go back to the cPanel and figure out where you went wrong.

After selecting your subdomain you will have to fill out a few other options. Leave the ‘Install in directory’ option blank, and WordPress will automatically install into the root directory of your subdomain.

So if your domain is shoes.com and you want your subdomain to be ‘blog’ then your WordPress blog will be located at blog.shoes.com so long as you left the folder name blank and WordPress was installed into the root directory of your subdomain.

If you install WordPress in a folder on your subdomain and you name this folder ‘leather’ then your WordPress blog will be at ‘blog.shoes.com/leather’.

Always leave the ‘directory’ box blank when installing WordPress, if you don’t, and you are new to this techie stuff, you will get very confused!

When you complete the installation you must enter a valid email address, preferably your everyday email address, and WordPress conveniently sends you a list of all the details of your new installation. You will be asked to add an admin login and a number of other things. You can also add the header that you want to show on your WordPress subdomain, and a brief description of your blog/subdomain. This can easily be changed later if you change your mind.

Done!

If you would like to add any comments, have any other tips, please feel free to do so below.

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4 Responses to Creating a WordPress Subdomain

  1. Naveen Kumar says:

    Nice article,Very informative and i would like to say thanks as am looking for this information from past few days.
    Please keep informed us

  2. This is not a great idea nor it is good. First of all, where did those subdomain get links from. If from the main site that is not related, you don’t gain anything. Other thing is, where did those subdomains get the content? If it is the same content as on mymobile.com those will suffer from duplicate. If it is not a duplicate content, you will do better if you put those pages on your mymobile.com site.

    • There are very valid reasons why you would want to use subdomains. One is when you have content for member only. You do not want any bots crawling through these pages and announce them to the world. You are also not interested in any SEO, backlinks, or page ranks.

      Another reason is if you offer a lot of products. Subdomains keep each product list neat and simple. If, e.g., you are in the business of selling bicycles, your main domain could be blogging generally about bicycles, how to take care of them, repair them, give advice, etc., and have a subdomain that offers all the bicycles you sell, upgrades to any bikes, repair kits, and so on. You could even have more than one subdomain depending on how big your business is. You could be blogging and offering bicycle trips to different areas using another subdomain.

      If you offer different products as an internet marketer you will have landing pages for you products. If you create a subdomain all your landing pages could be on that subdomain instead of cluttering up your main domain.

      Another reason for using subdomains is that your hosting company allows only for a limited number of domain names for your account. It makes sense not to overfill your main domain with different products that have nothing in common or if you have several different companies.

      You are right in not duplicating your main domain and subdomain. Google will punish you dearly and even ban you if both your main domain and subdomain have duplicate content.

      And yes, Google and other bots do crawl through subdomains and you get ranking from your subdomain. Otherwise Google would be punishing itself, they use subdomains for distinct products such news.google.com or maps.google.com, for example.

      Thank you for stopping by,
      Gabriele

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