Membership Site as Subdomain, or Separate Site?

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If I'm launching a membership site for paid online training videos, is it better to set it up as a subdirectory (subdirectory.domain.com), or set it up on a completely different domain as it's own thing?

Also, if you can shed some light on the pros and cons of each, and long term impacts, that would be terrific. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
    Originally Posted by Flutterlilly View Post

    If I'm launching a membership site for paid online training videos, is it better to set it up as a subdirectory (subdirectory.domain.com), or set it up on a completely different domain as it's own thing?

    Also, if you can shed some light on the pros and cons of each, and long term impacts, that would be terrific. Thanks!
    Hello,
    I build membership sites and training course all the time, So here is how you can do this.

    If the course is part of the same niche, then there is no need to setup subs, just make a page for funnel and done or if your wanted it to read course name.com then yes buy domain just for course or just do like I have here.

    Domain,com/course
    Domain/ sign up
    Domain/login
    Domain/members area

    Thanks Rob.
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    • Profile picture of the author Flutterlilly
      Hello,
      Thanks for your reply! Do you mean to say that you have your course modules set up *after* the domain.com/membersarea?

      And then does it look like:
      domain.com/membersarea/module1....?
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      • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
        Originally Posted by Flutterlilly View Post

        Hello,
        Thanks for your reply! Do you mean to say that you have your course modules set up *after* the domain.com/membersarea?

        And then does it look like:
        domain.com/membersarea/module1....?
        websitename/coursename

        abcblog/course

        See what I mean

        Thanks Rob
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      • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
        Originally Posted by Flutterlilly View Post

        Hello,
        Thanks for your reply! Do you mean to say that you have your course modules set up *after* the domain.com/membersarea?

        And then does it look like:
        domain.com/membersarea/module1....?
        Hello,

        My membership sites are done like this,

        name of site abcblog for this post,
        So like this,

        abcblog.com/customblogcourse
        abcblog.com/members-area
        abcblog.com/login

        Now members area holds everything, all videos, link, post content or want ever I want inside members area. I do not use modules , my way is all content of course is on one membership page, but I can drip feed content and videos if I want.
        So I can do anything, I build custom courses, that do more then your average course

        Thanks Rob.
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        • Profile picture of the author Flutterlilly
          Thank you for your reply, Rob. Can you share:
          1. What platform you use for drip feed
          2. How you password protect? (i.e., optimize press, comes with the platform, etc)

          Thank you!
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          • Profile picture of the author Flutterlilly
            Rob,
            I'm going to reply to your PM here because I can't seem to send emails to many people, unless their are admin (???). Got your link - Thank you very much.

            Very simple / straightforward and easy to understand.

            I'm curious why you built it this way as opposed to other options...? Ease of management?

            Does setting it up this way help your sales landing page get found because your general site provides link flow juice/authority?

            If so, wouldn't just having your sales landing page there (and the actual members area) somewhere else be the same?

            What about hacking/security issues? Better one way or another?

            Is a subdomain more safe/protected?

            THANK YOU!!
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            • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
              Originally Posted by Flutterlilly View Post

              Rob,
              I'm going to reply to your PM here because I can't seem to send emails to many people, unless their are admin (???). Got your link - Thank you very much.

              Very simple / straightforward and easy to understand.

              I'm curious why you built it this way as opposed to other options...? Ease of management?

              Does setting it up this way help your sales landing page get found because your general site provides link flow juice/authority?

              If so, wouldn't just having your sales landing page there (and the actual members area) somewhere else be the same?

              What about hacking/security issues? Better one way or another?

              Is a subdomain more safe/protected?

              THANK YOU!!
              Hello,

              I will try to explain membership system,

              For some reason, many people get confused when setting up a membership system,so here we go

              Ok if you have a website and want to install a membership system for that website, then just add plugin and setup membership system and done.

              There is no reason to setup another WordPress website just for membership system, but if you choose to then fine the choice is yours.

              You ? was what about domain, you can purchase domain to match the name of your course if you want, but if you already have a blog that is for that niche, then there is no need to.

              Unless you want, the name to be abcblogcourse instead of yourblog.com/abcblogcourse

              So to be clear it is up to you to have your domain look the way you want.

              When I setup my blog, I added a membership system to it, just because it makes things work the way i want, now for a course, I added a training course to it, but kept in on the same website, because it is part of that site.

              Now I could of made it a separate domain just for course, but no need to, I wanted it to be part of that website, also better for Google to see all the text content from the main site.

              Now if you build a training course, and it has nothing to do with some other niche you built, then yes , purchase domain just for that training course, and build out website, just know, this is a new website now, you have to add all pages to it and content, not just course,

              Ok hope this make sense

              Thanks Rob.
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  • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
    Originally Posted by Flutterlilly View Post

    If I'm launching a membership site for paid online training videos, is it better to set it up as a subdirectory (subdirectory.domain.com), or set it up on a completely different domain as it's own thing?

    Also, if you can shed some light on the pros and cons of each, and long term impacts, that would be terrific. Thanks!
    Hello,

    Or you could do this, same niche but you want to have it to be stand alone

    abccustomblogcousre.com

    instead of , abc.com/customblogcourse

    See what I mean

    Thanks Rob
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  • I would set it up as a subdomain so that all the juice from main domain would pass on.

    Look apple store, Microsoft store, Microsoft answers or whatever site, it will be a subdomain of the parent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Flutterlilly
      Ahhh... thank you!

      This is what I'm talking about! Is there anywhere I can go to read up on the specifics of why this is the best method?

      I want to learn the ins and outs, back forth.

      Thank you, KidneyStoneClinic!
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  • Profile picture of the author Successtoyou
    I don't use subdirectories or separate domains. Just domain.com/social_network in my case.
    Works just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author SaraWilliams
    Ahhh...Works just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Flutterlilly
    Guys,
    While I really appreciate knowing what works for you, my *real* question here is why and how one or the other is better. I'd like to learn what the SEO, security and other impacts are - both long and short term.

    Does anyone have the expertise to elaborate on these details?

    TIA!
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    • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
      Originally Posted by Flutterlilly View Post

      Guys,
      While I really appreciate knowing what works for you, my *real* question here is why and how one or the other is better. I'd like to learn what the SEO, security and other impacts are - both long and short term.

      Does anyone have the expertise to elaborate on these details?

      TIA!
      Hello,

      I have have the expertise on all of it, not bragging but this is what I do everyday, ask me anything,

      Membership is only a function of the website, has nothing to do with your SEO, now if you choose a domain just for that niche and then install the membership software, that would be perfect,

      Now if you already have a website, then just add membership to that website, I hope I am making sense.

      So if you do not have a website now, then, build your website, then add your membership plugin and done.

      Thanks Rob.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    A lot of silly nonsense in this thread.

    Subdomains are usually used when you want to house content or functionality that is different from your main website. For example, maybe you have something that requires a different server setup than your main website. The subdomain can be hosted on a different server from your root domain.

    They can also were commonly used for hosting a mobile version of a website. The old m.domain.com, such as m.youtube.com. These are becoming less popular as most businesses are using a responsive design now or other options such as mobile apps.

    Subdomains might be used by a website to offer different language options of the same content. You might see francois.domain.com. Since Google treats subdomains as separate and distinct websites, this can make it easier to focus marketing in different languages at the different subdomains versus at the main domain.

    A lot of websites also use subdomains for user generated content. Most of the popular Web2.0 sites are good examples of this. Tumblr for example. If you setup a new account on Tumblr, you would end up with a subdomain like flutterlilly.tumblr.com. In this way, Tumblr is insulating itself a little bit from bad users. If Google sees something it doesn't like, it will take action against the subdomain and not the root domain.

    Forgetting about SEO, security, etc., there are some practical challenges with using a subdomain for what you want to do. First, by default Google Analytics will not track across subdomains. There is some custom coding that needs to be added to track visitors across subdomains and not have it track them as being "referred" from one subdomain to the next. Most web designers I have encountered have no idea how to set this up properly.

    Second, I know you are exploring Wordpress as the CMS you want to use. Without some custom coding one Wordpress installation cannot work across multiple subdomains. Otherwise you have to install a separate Wordpress installation across each subdomain (and a webdesigner might decide to charge you as if each subdomain is a website). Your users will also not exist across the subdomains. Let's say you have something like this...

    course1.domain.com
    course2.domain.com
    course3.domain.com

    If someone buys course 1 and course 2, they will have to create an account at each of them to login. with If they go from course 1 to course 2, they will not stay logged in across the subdomains. They will have to login again.

    I do believe there are some plugins out there that will address some of this, but I am not a fan of having too many plugins on a site. First, plugins are the #1 way that hackers get into a website. Second, plugins do not always play well together. The more plugins you have, the more potential headaches you have. What happens when one plugin has an update that makes it not work with another plugin? Now your web designer has to do some custom coding to make it work together. Before long you end up with a website stuck together with bubblegum and duct tape all over the place.

    I literally cannot think of a single good reason to use subdomains for what you want to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kumulus
      Thanks to MikeFriedman, I also learned many things from his comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Flutterlilly
    THANK YOU for that thorough, well-thought-out, and in-depth answer.
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