I’m very new here, so I beg your patience.
I’m curious about the use of subdomains … if I have a domain name and I want to use part of it for family/personal blogging and photo albums and part of it to market my business would I apply subdomains?
If so, would I have something that looked similar to this?
… and then I could apply a selected wordpress theme to each?
In that case, is it possible to restrict access to one subdomain using the theme, or is that in the WordPress administration?
If someone has an example, that would be greatly appreciated as well.
Thank you in advance! I appreciate the help and guidance.
More like this:
There are some Plug-ins I believe that address making your Private Site a Members Only area. I am not familiar with them or their use. You can look here for more information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ –
With a bit of luck others with more information on privacy additions will add to this post.
Talk with your host about the sub-domains. My Host allows a few if I want them and it is real easy, I just fill out an online form in Cpanel (Control Panel for my site) and like magic the sub-domain shows up shortly (or so I was assured yesterday in an email from him).
Good luck to you and your family –
You did not say if you currently have anything running in the root.
You can also do this:
With your marketing on siteaddress.com – your customers will love you for not being required to type “marketing.siteaddress.com” to visit your site – simple is better, if you can put you marketing in the root it is easier to get to your site.
You can install WordPress in it’s own directory to keep things a bit cleaner and you can set it up so all your customers need to type in is “siteaddress.com”
I don’t have anything set up or running yet actually. I am still trying to figure out if a free theme is going to work well for me or if I need to invest in one with more support. Tricky question because I don’t yet know what I don’t know.
I think I’ve decided I need two sites, however. One for my independent business and one for personal. This way I can blog in both — for very different reasons — and still keep my site addresses simple and clean.
Thank you so much for your guidance.
I wonder, though, why would it be helpful to keep my blog at the root and put wordpress in its own directory? I can see how it’s done in the link you sent (thanks so much), but what would be the reason for doing this? How is it ‘cleaner’?
Just curious … you’ve got me thinking now.
You have fewer files in the root directory. I guess in a way it really would not matter but I have always like to keep the root clean and put sub-directories below the root. If you have a working site putting WordPress in it’s own directory lets you get the WordPress part up and running with the design, Themes etc. and then “move” it to the root (only two files get moved actually) – I put WordPress in it’s own directory then “moved” WordPress to the root on my personal site after I found out how powerful WordPress is.
Sort of like not having all your files on your PC in the C:\ directory.
You could also set up a free blog at someplace like WordPress.COM. Same basic software, free unless you want some special upgrades,(NOT required for most blogs) then you could get used to both blogging and the software – if you wanted to get a dedicated address in the the future WordPress.com has that option also and they can just point the new name to the old blog if my memory is correct. Takes about an honest 5 minute to set up (I have tested it). I have some friends with blogs at WordPress.com and I maintain a couple of sites there for friends and a group I belong to.
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