Can a subdomain have it's own subdomain?

by Jensha
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I'm in the process of cutting costs as of the moment as I only have enough money to buy one domain for now.

Then I just thought of the idea of just using subdomains for other related matters to my niche and the main domain.

Then I thought of adding a forum to some of the subdomains.

You know other sites add forum to the main site right?

For example

www.mainwebsite.com

then you put your subdomain for a forum page and it becomes

www.mainwebsite.com/forums

then this is what I'm thinking now,

a main website, then it's subdomain, and another subdomain for the forum of that subdomain so I believe it should go like

www.mainwebsite.com/subdomain/forum

I've been googling it but no luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Didinha
    They are not sub domains they are folders (or directories depending on what you prefer) within your domain structure.

    A domain name is: google (dot) com
    A sub domain is: test (dot) google (dot) com
    A sub domain sub domain is: test1 (dot) test2 (dot) google (dot) com

    So what you showed in your example are folders and the only limitations as to how many you can have are dependent upon your hosting provider and the limitations of web browsers. There is no specification for browsers, they all apply their own rules but the general consensus is that sticking to below 2000 characters in your URL is best practice for supporting all modern browsers and the most common older browsers still in use.

    So you could have: google (dot) com/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

    If you really wanted to
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    • Profile picture of the author Jensha
      Originally Posted by Didinha View Post

      They are not sub domains they are folders (or directories depending on what you prefer) within your domain structure.

      A domain name is: google (dot) com
      A sub domain is: test (dot) google (dot) com
      A sub domain sub domain is: test1 (dot) test2 (dot) google (dot) com

      So what you showed in your example are folders and the only limitations as to how many you can have are dependent upon your hosting provider and the limitations of web browsers. There is no specification for browsers, they all apply their own rules but the general consensus is that sticking to below 2000 characters in your URL is best practice for supporting all modern browsers and the most common older browsers still in use.

      So you could have: google (dot) com/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

      If you really wanted to
      Thanks a lot. So it's possible but I just perceived them differently since like you say, they're folders. Well, got to make this work now. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author edhuu
    Yes you can. Just add page and change the permalink into what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    You can create as many sub domains on your domain as you want.

    darkhorse.com/blogging
    darkhorse.com/traffic
    darkhorse.com/listbuilding

    There is no necessity to create a sub domain of a sub domain. As you can see if you had a domain name there they would all go to the relevant sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    You're talking about dividing things into folders and not subdomains.

    You can make your folders as deep as you want.

    I've seen a few sites use layered subdomains, like the big sites, like Yahoo. Stuff like ad.member.yahoo.com for example so I think you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Greene
    As far as I know,
    example.com/subdomain (is not a subdomain)
    subdomain.example.com (is a subdomain)

    You should have the subdomain concept clear first.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    The confusion comes, I think, because when you add a sub-domain in your hosts cpanel it is listed both ways. If I add a subdomain using cpanel I can usually access it by typing either subdomain.domain.com OR domain.com/subdomain.

    I just tried it. I added "mytest" as a subdomain using cpanel. Take a look at:

    mytest.friendlycomputertraining.com

    friendlycomputertraining.com/mytest

    It works both ways, apparently.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

      The confusion comes, I think, because when you add a sub-domain in your hosts cpanel it is listed both ways. If I add a subdomain using cpanel I can usually access it by typing either subdomain.domain.com OR domain.com/subdomain.

      I just tried it. I added "mytest" as a subdomain using cpanel. Take a look at:

      mytest.friendlycomputertraining.com

      friendlycomputertraining.com/mytest

      It works both ways, apparently.
      ^^^^^
      Yes, it does

      What I would do is:

      maindomain.com
      subdomain.maindomain.com (subdomain)
      subdomain.maindomain.com/forum (subdomain with forum folder)

      And you would not add the subdomain.maindomain.com/forum as a subdomain in your cpanel. Just add the subdomain and then under it, create the forum folder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Just for a bit more information, the average forum goes several levels of folders deep anyway.

    It used to be irritating when I was working on a Simple Machines forum with cPanel. With the directadmin control panel, you always have a full path that lets you know where you are, something like the forum breadcrumb trail near the top left of this page. With cPanel, the display isn't big enough to show it all, because you can be several levels deep. You have to click in the display, press ctrl + a, then ctrl + c, then paste the path into notepad to read it.

    When you are using relative links in html, ../ at the start of the link means 'up a level.' I was on a slick site by one of the members here and looked at the source code. The css sheet was 9 levels up from the page I was on.
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  • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
    As already established - These are not subdomains:

    www.yoursite.com/forums

    These are subdomains:

    forums.yoursite.com

    And yes, you can have sub domains for sub domains:

    first.forums.yoursite.com
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by NatesMarketing View Post

      As already established - These are not subdomains:
      I beg to differ. I think I demonstrated that those could be sub-domains? It seems to me that "/something" can be both a folder AND a sub-domain.
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      • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        I beg to differ. I think I demonstrated that those could be sub-domains? It seems to me that "/something" can be both a folder AND a sub-domain.
        No. www.yoursite.com/something is NOT a sub domain. However, www.yoursite.com/something is where you can store the content of the sub domain something.yoursite.com

        So, when you go to www.yoursite.com/something or something.yoursite.com you'll see the same thing...however, www.yoursite.com/something is just the location of the folder, not the actual sub domain.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        I beg to differ. I think I demonstrated that those could be sub-domains? It seems to me that "/something" can be both a folder AND a sub-domain.
        Where you are wrong: a subdomain can be accessed also as a subfolder BUT a subfolder can NOT be accessed as a subdomain... :p
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        • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
          Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

          Where you are wrong: a subdomain can be accessed also as a subfolder BUT a subfolder can NOT be accessed as a subdomain... :p
          ..... or maybe my brain is just "sub" standard today :p

          Seriously - thanks to you and Nate I do get it - honestly!
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  • Profile picture of the author jb1981
    Hey guys, do you know how to add a subdomain to a subdomain? example sub2.sub1.domain.com via cpanel?
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by jb1981 View Post

      Hey guys, do you know how to add a subdomain to a subdomain? example sub2.sub1.domain.com via cpanel?
      The same way as you'd add the first subdomain, except you should select the first subdomain's url from the dropdown on the right.
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  • Profile picture of the author redarrows
    remember a sub domain has no www. that gone and it a dot instead.

    john.my real domain name.whatever

    the www has been replaced as your sub name example above john

    you could use folders afther your real domain.whatever/folder name

    or you can be cleaver minded and use Apache mod rewrite

    there are free domain names out there from a different country like.nz , forget who gives them away

    or use www.mydomain.whatever?what ever i want
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