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My posting this time will relate one aspect of blogging, making subdomain, with homeschool blogs or websites in terms of interest and assessment. As I just moved my hosting, I have another renewed excitement in blogging and would like to share another experience with my new hosting, ipage.
I have a “dream” to make some branch of my recent blog so that it can be used more usefully for my family and for our homeschool teaching and learning process. Therefore, making some subdomains is my next inquiry following my hosting migration.
Some issues about subdomain that confused me:
- My domain was not in the same company with the server
- I have ever read that to create a subdomain, we need to pay extra money for each subdomain created.
- I had a problem with database when migrated my hosting from another hosting. I wonder if there would be another problem of database when I made subdomains.
What is A Subdomain?
subdomain, Wikipedia wrote that
Subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain
- If domain is a headquarter office, then subdomain is the branch office.
- Example: www.blessedlearners.com is a domain.
- If I would like to build an online shop which is related to our activity, I would make shop.blessedlearners.com which is linked to my domain.
- If I would like to build another blog for my kids narration, I would make another subdomain named kids.blessedlearners.com
Well, I started to compile some information for my concerns
1. To make a subdomain, we don't need to have the same company.
2. I asked the support department of ipage and it was said that there wasn't any payment to make subdomains. I felt very released. I also checked to some other more detail information.
3. There isn't any database issue regarding making subdomain. Everything is packed with the main database in hosting.
Here is What I Did to Make a Subdomain
from Different Hosting and Domain Registrar
- First, I visited the domain registrar, choose the domain name and access Manage DNS.
- Add an A record with the name of subdomain that I wanted to make
- Put the website IP in the address. I got it from the server. Another alternative, use domaintools.com to get information about the IP.
- Don forget to save it.
- Next, I visited the hosting server in the DNS management.
Add an A record which is exactly the same with the Registrar's Manage DNS.
- Finally, I returned to my hosting.
- I clicked on the domain central and add my subdomain in the subdomain area
- I accessed the file manager and add a new folder under the main domain folder.
- I copied the location where the subdomain stayed and pasted it in the file pointer in domain central
I think making subdomain in homeschool blog can have some great benefits in many ways. Here are some alternatives of the benefits:
- Kids' original works and portfolio can be put in one subdomain rather than compiled in the main domain as having subdomain will give possibility to change the theme of the page. We can adjust the theme with kids' atmosphere. In this case, kids website can be one kind of assessment.
- For a kid who has been able to write paragraphs and might have writing interest, giving a website for them that we can control will give more challenge in both technology mastering and real writing practice.
- If you have another interest related with your domain, like e book selling, craft collection, photography, etc, you can relate them as well without loosing the track with the main domain, but with different atmosphere.
- Posting with different language and context can be another issue to solve by having subdomain. This is actually one problem that I have. My mother tongue is Indonesian and I live in Indonesian context. I mean that some problems of homeschooling that Indonesia people have are different from the USA ones. I am confused how to cope with this. Having a subdomain can be beneficial for both sides.
There should be more benefits by having subdomains. On the other hand, we need to be able to treat all sites responsibly and consistently. I haven't been ready with that responsibility yet. However, one day I will make it happend.