What do you guys use subdomains for?


#1

I have a domain that is for my family to use, mostly photo albums. I’d like to set up a section to run a message board/forum for my friends and I but I don’t want my family name domain to be part of the URL.

Can I do this with a subdomain and cloaking?

What is cloaking?


#2

As I understand your question, No. You can’t.

your subdomain would be somethign like whatever.familydomiain.com - so while it’s content and all is totaly seperate from your family domain, it still uses the same name.

URL cloaking works like this: You’re on domain.com and follow a link that actually takes you to domain2.com but to your user it looks like they are still on domain.com

-Matttail


#3

You can’t but you can add a subdomain of dreamhosters.com, eg. boardformyfriends.dreamhosters.com. It’s completly free and you can choose any 3rd level domain,. unless it’s already used obviously.


#4

Well, let me join the guessing game.

  1. You own and host your-family.com.
  2. You create a sub-domain forum.your-family.com.
  3. You also own friends-forum.com.
  4. You use the “cloaking” service (very often comes free with registration) of the registrar and point friends-forum.com to forum.your-family.com.

Is that what you are trying to do?


To have lived is not enough for them, they have to talk about it. – Samuel Beckett


#5

That’s gonna solve it! I just tried that boardformyfriends.dreamhosters.com approach. I tried it earlier but I think I was using blablabla.dreamhost.com, without the ‘ers’.

Thanks!


#6

So DH does not support subdomains then?

E.g., I just helped migrate a friend’s site from a Very Bad Web Host to Dream Host. Her original setup was (it’s a car enthusiast site, BTW):

Main pages: z-gal.com

Subdomains:
al.z-gal.com
skeeter.z-gal.com
angel.z-gal.com

So now, we will just have to create subdirectories and leave it at that, correct?

Joni

Women and cats will do as they please; men and dogs should just relax and get used to the idea. ~~ Anonymous

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#7

No, DH fully supports Sub-domains. Just go into the panel, Doamins > Manage > and add a new domain. tyep in the subdomain that you want - al.z-gal.com and it will set it up. You’re allowed un-linited sub-domains now so you can add as many as you like.

Ones that’s set up when you FTP in you’ll see a new folder along side of your z-gal.com domain al-z-gal.com just put your files there and it will work! This also keeps each of the sub-domains totaly seperate from eachother, so you can do anything you want with each of them.

-Matttail