NOTE: This article is written for our Classic Cloud Control Panel. You can access this interface from the New Cloud Control Panel by clicking your username in the upper-left of the control panel and choosing the previous control panel from the menu.
We've already discuss how to create a new domain, but what about creating a subdomain? Better yet, how do I create an alias? Let's discuss how this can be done through your Cloud Control Panel.
What is a Subdomain?
In the DNS hierarchy a subdomain is any part of the URL that precedes the second-level domain name and the top-level domain name. When looking at the domain "example.com", ".com" is the top-level domain and "example" is the second-level domain.
A subdomain is anything beyond that second-level domain. That means "www.example.com" describes the "www" subdomain of "example.com" (making "www" the third-level domain in the example).
Subdomains aren't limited to just one level. You can have a "photos" subdomain, making "photos.example.com", but you can also extend that with "www" to make "www.photos.example.com".
Note that Cloud Sites only automatically adds "www" when a site is created with a second-level domain name ("example.com"). If you want to use "www" with a subdomain we recommend creating the site with a fully-qualified domain name like "www.photos.example.com" so you can be sure that visitors can get to the site with the address you want them to use.
How Do I Create a Subdomain?
And that's it! You've added your first subdomain. You may have already notices, but adding a subdomain follows the same exact steps you would take if you were adding a regular domain name. The process is the same with the only difference being that you entered a subdomain in the Domain Name text box to be created. Next, let's take a look at how you can create a domain alias.
How to Create a Domain Alias
Pointing a domain or a subdomain to an existing website is made very easy on Cloud Sites when you follow these simple directions:
That's all there is to it! You've now added a domain alias. The domain alias will now direct traffic to the domain you selected.
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