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#1 monmart

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:57 PM

Lately I've been seeing a lot of subdomains when going to sites.

 

Looks like this

 

tutorials.domain.com

blog.domain.com

store.domain.com

forum.domain.com

 

etc. etc..

 

Is this for organizing purposes mostly? 

So one section (like forum) does not bog down the rest of the site?

 

Those are a few things that come to mind.

 

Logically it seems like the right thing to do to make the parent domain less cluttered.

 

What is your take on it?



#2 Danny

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:05 AM

Hi,

 

As far as I know, there isn't any SEO benefit to subdomains over subdirectories. However, subdomains are good for when you need to use a new language for example:

 

en.wikipedia.com

 

Also, some people like to use subdomains for when they need to use a different application such as:

 

blog.example.com/ - Would install Wordpress in the blog domain

forum.example.com/ - Would install a forum app in the forum domain

 

and so on...

 

Another thing too, imo they look better than www.example.com/blog

 

But thats a matter of opinion.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:49 AM

if you think about it www is actually a subdomain. In the good old days a subdomain would give you a slight SEO edge while boosting the TLD, but not anymore. It's handy for organising, different branded sections, using different servers and I agree with Danny, they look cooler



#4 Rob

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:20 AM

I concur.