I want to create a brand new site that is perfect for using subdomains, up to about 50.
While searching for hosts it seems like some treat subdomains as a regular domains and charge extra/month for each subdomain.
I poured through some posts here and came across threads regarding wildcard dns, mod_rewrite etc.
From what I have gathered using the DNS to route surfers would be considered a "true" subdomain. Using mod_rewrite is kind of a fake out. I also saw a post by littleman on how to modify the httpd.conf file to do this.
So in a nutshell what is the easiest and cheapest way for me to do this? I'd rather have the power to add subdomains myself. By using mod_rewrite does it send out a redirect header?
I have no first hand experience to share and I'm not clear on what "wildcard DNS" really means. It seems apparent that you're looking for Apache hosting. All I can offer is that I know of one leading hosting company that sets up subdomains for a one time fee, not a recurring monthly fee. But you need to work through their support folks to make it happen... Not much help I'm afraid...
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