Support » Networking WordPress » Sub-domain or Sub-directory?

  • First, I know the difference between sub-domains and sub-directories, and the reasoning behind using both. This is not that question.

    My question comes from the way that my host (he.net) treats multiple domain names on the same account. I have a site hosted at example1.com, stored in the public root directory of my shared hosting account. When I add an additional domain to my hosting account, example2.com, the host creates a sub-directory within the root, titled “www.example2.com” and sets their server to direct queries for the new domain to that sub-directory.

    Now, I’d like to use a sub-domain network, and my hunch is that I can do this, regardless of the setup I’ve described above. In fact, I wonder if I could skip adding the domain to my hosting account (and bypassing their server re-direction to the “www.example2.com” subdirectory), and just add the domain using the domain mapping plugin.

    Thoughts? Is there anything I’m missing?

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Additional domains (domain2.com) are totally unrelated to subdomains.

    Regardless of your setup, you can still use subdomains in WP.

    ETA: If you use subFOLDERS, just don’t name a site domain2.com 😉

    I understand what you’re saying. I know the difference between a second-level domain and a sub-domain. What had me wondering was the unusual way that this particular host handles multiple domains on the same account, with the second domain’s root stored in a subdirectory of the first domain.

    I’m sure I didn’t make clear enough what I was asking, but in the end I suppose it doesn’t matter. I did try a subdomain-style multisite network, but in the end I decided that hassles (like dealing with the added /blog prefix on existing posts, etc.) outweighed the benefits for a network of just two sites. I didn’t get far enough to see if the domain mapping plugin worked. I decided revert to backups and did a multiple install with shared database instead.

    Thanks.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    It really shouldn’t matter 🙂

    What had me wondering was the unusual way that this particular host handles multiple domains on the same account, with the second domain’s root stored in a subdirectory of the first domain.

    That’s actually normal 🙂 And I have it on my site with subdomain multisite and no problems at all 🙂

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