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How To Correctly Implement Subdomains

It is so much more important to learn how to correctly implement subdomains than just learn how to add a subdomain.  The results of those procedures are as different as daylight and darkness.  The darkness is just adding a subdomain and the daylight is the correct implementation of subdomains so they are benefical to your business.

So let's learn exactly how to properly implement a subdomain so you can enjoy its powerful benefits such as keeping the extra cash in your pocket where it belongs instead of buying a new domain name for each niche of your business...

First of all, log into your cPanel using your userid and password:.  

Then click on the Subdomain Subdomain icon  icon.

The following panel is displayed:

Sub Domain Maintenance


Current Sub-Domains



  • Enter the subdomain name you wish (ex: traffic-exchanges) to create in the empty text box .  Notice the "." in front of the domain name (ex: .georgeculp.com)
  • Click on the "Add" button to create your subdomain.

The following screen will then be displayed:

Sub Domain Maintenance


SubDomain Creation
Bind reloading on viral using rndc zone: [georgeculp.com]
The subdomain, traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com has been added.

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Now click on "Go Back" at the bottom of the partial screen display shown above.

Notice on the following screen how the subdomain we just created (traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com) is shown under Current Domains.  Notice you can add another subdomain, Setup Redirection, Remove Redirection or Delete traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com:

  Sub Domain Maintenance  
Current Sub-Domains
traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com (public_html/traffic-exchanges)
  • Note the location where files are stored for traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com (in red  within parens after Sub-Domain name above) - go to "File Manager" on cPanel main menu; click on the folder image just to left of "public_html".  In the display of folders and files, you will see the folder "traffic-exchanges"; click on the folder image just to the left of "traffic-exchanges" and you are at the place any documents you create for "traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com" are stored.
  • Be sure to create an index.html page in the "traffic-exchanges" folder or everyone will be able to see every file you have in that folder just by typing the subdomain name URL in their browser:

NOTE: I have already created index.html - so that is the page you will see - pay attention to how it tells user what the page is used for and has a option to redirect them back to our main site.

Note: If you wish to grant virtual ftp access to this subdomain, just create an FTP user with the same username as the subdomain base name that is listed inside the () above.
Note: Subdomains rely on the DNS system in order to function, which means that your DNS information must propagate throughout the different DNS servers on the Internet before your subdomain becomes fully active. This process on the average takes a few hours.
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NOTE: You do NOT have to "Setup Redirection" unless you just want to do so.  Information is presented just in case you desire to do so.

Now select "Setup Redirection" as shown above to see the panel shown below.  

Sub Domain Maintenance

SubDomain Redirection
traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com is currently being redirected to
Note: If you wish to have filename redirection (example: http://traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com/test.html -> http://redirecturl/test.html) be sure to end with a trailing / on the end of the url.

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  • Fill in value starting with "http://" as shown above (ex: http://www.georgeculp.com/traffic-exchanges) which would point to the folder created on the "Add Subdomain" panel shown earlier.
Once you click on "File Manager" from your main cpanel and then click on the folder to the left of "public_html", you will see a folder called traffic-exchanges.

NOTE: Pay particular attention to the "Note" just underneath the "Save" button in the previous example.  It is wanting to make sure you understand how to reference the filename.  The following should help make this a bit easier to understand:

  1. You created a redirect for "http://traffic-exchanges.georgeculp.com/test.html" to "http://georgeculp.com/traffic/test.html".
  2. To actually have that page show up correctly in your browser, you would have to enter the URL as:
(note the ending "/" - that is what makes the difference!)
Don't forget it or you will get a HTML 404 error - page not found.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please let us know.  Our contact information is shown below.

Hopefully the above information will show you how to correctly implement subdomains and harness their full power!

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