Creating a subdomain

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A subdomain is, as the name suggests, a subdivision of a domain. For example, if you create a website on Bravenet when you haven't registered a domain, you get the option of using a subdomain of bravehost.com - so your website would be, for example, wikifree.bravehost.com. Unlike a domain name, subdomains do not cost any money to register.

If you've registered a domain of your own, you can place websites on the domain itself (for example, example.com) or on a subdomain of that domain (e.g. forum.example.com, store.example.com). This can be extremely useful to separate the different parts of your website into different operational pieces.

You can also do domain forwarding with a subdomain, just like you can with a regular domain.

Creating a Subdomain

You create a subdomain at the same time as you register a website or set up domain redirection:

Hosting a Website on a Subdomain

  1. Log into your Bravenet account.
  2. Select the Web Hosting tab.
  3. Select the Build a New Website option (unless you're creating a Frontpage site - in that case, follow these directions).
  4. Select the Use a subdomain option.
  5. Enter a Valid subdomain name. In general, try to only use letters and numbers in the name you choose. Select a domain out of the drop down menu. If you have not yet registered a domain, your only choice will be bravehost.com, otherwise you will see a list of all the domains you own. When done, click the "Finished" button.
  6. Congratulations! Your subdomain is now ready to have a website on it! You can now access your subdomain through the website manager, and upload files to the subdomain with the file manager or through FTP.

Setting up Domain Redirection on a Subdomain

  1. Log into your Bravenet account.
  2. Select the domains tab.
  3. Select the Setup Domain Redirection option.
  4. Select the Redirect a subdomain option.
  5. Enter a valid subdomain name. In general, try to only use letters and numbers in the name you choose. Select a domain out of the drop down menu. If you have not yet registered a domain, your only choice will be bravehost.com, otherwise you will see a list of all the domains you own. Next, enter a URL for the site to redirect to. See the main article on domain redirection for details on this. When done, click the Create Redirect button.
  6. Your subdomain is now created, and will redirect to the URL you chose. You can manage this through the domains tab if you ever need to change the details of the redirection.
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