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2:23 pm on Jun 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi!

I'm wondering if I can have two subdomains under different root domains with the same name in the same account.

Example:

sub.domain1.com
sub.domain2.com

Is this allowed?

Thanks in advance

2:38 pm on June 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Y'mean like search.yahoo.com and search.msn.com?

You could do it endlessly; any domain is capable of accepting any subdomain name, provided acceptable characters are used. What you choose to append to domain1 has zero relevence or effect on your choices for domain2.

Not sure what you mean by account - but makes no difference; though if your host chooses to call subdomains 'subdomain1' rather than 'subdomain1.domain1.com', it may cause local confusion.

but the Internet would be happy ;)

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>You could do it endlessly; any domain is capable
>of accepting any subdomain name, provided
>acceptable characters are used. What you choose
>to append to domain1 has zero relevence or effect
>on your choices for domain2.

I know.

>Not sure what you mean by account - but makes no
>difference; though if your host chooses to call
>subdomains 'subdomain1' rather than
>'subdomain1.domain1.com', it may cause local
>confusion.

Sorry, by account I meant host. Will my host accept two subdomains pointing to the same directory? Does Apache allow this?

Thx

3:08 pm on June 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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There's no reason why not; you'd need to place the content at one subdomain, and 301 to the other (or risk seo damage).

So far as your host is concerned, it should not make any difference whatsoever.

Having said that, many hosts are simply resellers with no technical knowledge; some have problems with domain forwarding and redirecting. If your control panel does not let you set this up, contact the support people.

If they cannot do it, then you may need a new host.

What you seek to do may or may not be the best way forward - but technically it is no problem.

11:43 pm on June 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, by account I meant host. Will my host accept two subdomains pointing to the same directory? Does Apache allow this?

You are going to be hit with a google search duplicate content penalty if you intend to use the same directory content for 2 different subdomains. But this might not be important for you.