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Directory in Folder or Subdomain

Should a directory be in a folder on the main site or a subdomain?

5:41 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I recently created a directory that is related to the subject of my website.

I put the directory in a folder at:


Would it be better for this directory to be a subdomain like:


The directory contains only websites that are related to the content of my site, but I want to be able to market the directory and charge to submit sites.

6:42 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you were in charge of the server hardware and you knew it would get a significant amount of its own traffic, you'd make the decision based on server load and such. As a user in a shared hosting environment, IMO it mostly boils down to a matter of personal taste. Up until the last line of your post I would have said subdirectory, but the last line would cause me, in my decision-making process, to lean toward subdomain with an official-sounding name like submissions.example.com (as opposed to say, links.example.com which in my wacky brain doesn't sound "worthy" of being a subdomain - does that make any sense at all?)

What would probably sway me back to subdirectory would be if I were going to set up SSL for payment - I'm too cheap to buy two certificates!

Mostly I have to stick with 'personal taste'.

6:10 am on Apr 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Most people like short URLs. If the subdomain makes the URL shorter, as it usually does, then use a subdomain.


8:55 am on Apr 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Keep in mind that the search engines will look at subdomains as separate websites.

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