Msg#: 4517471 posted 9:52 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
A while ago I had a question about a customer setting up a domain name ([webmasterworld.com ]). Ages later, in a completely unrelated circumstance, I've realised this might actually be a useful thing to do.
Say I have a site, with a URL of
That's fine, but if I wanted to provide a number of different services to that customer, could I do something like
I'm just playing with ideas at the moment, but is this a really bad idea? I know it's technically possible, but are there going to be problems later on down the line?
Msg#: 4517471 posted 10:03 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
Are you big enough that you can safely put yourself in the same category as major league baseball? I mean, it's not as if there's a whole lot of competition in the niche. You're either the Red Sox or you're not.
Yankees.com forwards to newyork.yankees.mlb.com
quick detour confirms that you also get newyork.mets.mlb.com or, to be exact, newyork.mets.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=nym ... which ::cough-cough:: reinforces the idea that if you're Major League Baseball you don't have to worry a lot about penalties. Er, search-engine penalties.
But in a sense they're all spurious subdomains. There's no something-else dot yankees dot mlb dot com. The first element is just for decoration.
In fact to me this looks more like a "real" domain name, which is surely what they want. Or, heck, let the users get their own domain. If they have a reasonably uncommon full name they can probably still get it for $9.95. Or even unreasonably common: I detoured and found johnsmith dot com just sitting there.