What is a subdomain?

A subdomain is a way for you to keep your main domain name name, but create an area for content that may have a different focus or unique content than that of your main domain. It will reside in a subfolder on the root of your domain, but when set up properly with your hosting account, you can access this subdomain by putting the subdomain name in front of your domain name separated by a period. Example: cheatsheet.zemplate.com

Why not just use a subfoler and append it to the end of your domain name?  It is essentially the same thing - except that if someone were to look at the url, they see your domain name first - which may not be where you wish the user to focus. Subdomains are used all over the Internet, for example, mail.google.com is the subdomain for gmail.

Depending on your hosting company, you can have as many subdomains as you wish. You don't have to register the subdomain like you do a regular domain name, and better yet, you don't have to pay for the subdomain name.

Set up a subdomain on GoDaddy

  1. At GoDaddy.com, log onto your account.
  2. Click on Web Hosting or the plus sign at the left and the menu will expand to show your account(s).
  3. Next to the account name in which you want to add a subdomain, click LAUNCH
  4. Pull down MORE from the top pulldowns and select HOSTED DOMAINS
  5. From the ALL DOMAINS panel, click the domain name in which you wish to add the subdomain.
  6. Click on ADD SUBDOMAIN up at the top
  7. In the text box before your domain name, add the name of your subdomain name.
  8. Select a radio button below
    • Same as Subdomain will point the subdomain to a folder with the same name as your subdomain.
    • Create or select a folder will display a text box where you can enter the name of the folder.  This folder can already exist on the root of your domain account or it will add the folder if it doesn't already exist., 
  9. It can take some time for the subdomain to be setup at GoDaddy.  You can test it by putting a temporary index.html file in the folder and typing in your sudomain into the address bar of your browser.

For the GoDaddy instructions on setting up a subdomain, Click Here.