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newb question about subdomain



7:28 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm new to subdomains, pardon me please for asking a dumb question.

I want to segregate some old content that I think might be causing SE problems. I'd like to use a subdomain to do that.

Using my providers C-panel, I have created a subdomain we'll call XYZ. I see that the subdomain tool created a folder XYZ in my html-docs, which I can kindof understand, seeing as it the highest level folder accessable for my shared hosting.

I see also that the tool created an A record for XYZ in the dns zone.

But I am doubting that what I have done will truly register with SE's as seperate domain, which is what I understand I need to "remove" this content from its home domain. When I check headers, I see that the C-Panel tool has created a 301 redirect that takes content in xyz.domain.com (the subdomain) and sends it to domain.xyz.com ( a folder in domain.com). As I understand it, a SE will see that content as still a part of the original domain.

I was going to create my own 301's for all the old pages in my principal domain and redirect to the subdomain. But seeing the 301 that was created by the C-Panel tool, it looks like I will be creating a loop.

Do I have this all wrong? I really appreciate the help I frequently get here. Thanks.


11:17 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month

Don't confuse URLs (what humans-- and, in this case, robots-- see) with directories (the physical location of your file). The redirect sounds as if it's simply sending requests from their outside-world name to where the material really lives.

You may actually have a completely different, non-Apache question though. I'm not positive that subdomains do count as entirely separate domains. Even different domains belonging to the same person can end up getting tarred by the same brush. But that's for the g### and/or SEO forums.


12:02 am on Nov 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

There's a reason why "sub" can be part of "domain", and means "it is the same place, just a bit farther down the stairway..."

There are technical reasons for subdomains and there are reasons for subdirectories. Examine the need the sub-divide and move from there.

Me? I dilute as little as possible as that DOMAIN is the reason and that's what I protect, and sub-dividing that is like cutting my ranch into timeshares.

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