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New hosts or other domains?

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Domain are very cheap now adays.

What would be the pros and cons of using different hosts served from
the same server, say:

www.blogyourbrainoff.com

and

www.yourbusiness.com

instead of diferent domains, say:

www.yourbusiness.com

and

blogyourbrainoff.yourbusiness.com

I could imagine there are a number of pros, cons and 'issues' from the
admin people (performance, security, firewall issues, ...), users
(wouldn't www.blogyourbrainoff.com look nicer to them?), designers
(css's all for same host, ...) and arquitect (cookies, security, back
end programming, ...) perspectives.

Albretch

Sep 17 '05 #1
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onetitfemme wrote:
Domain are very cheap now adays.

What would be the pros and cons of using different hosts served from
the same server, say:

www.blogyourbrainoff.com

and

www.yourbusiness.com

instead of diferent domains, say:

www.yourbusiness.com

and

blogyourbrainoff.yourbusiness.com

I could imagine there are a number of pros, cons and 'issues' from the
admin people (performance, security, firewall issues, ...), users
(wouldn't www.blogyourbrainoff.com look nicer to them?), designers
(css's all for same host, ...) and arquitect (cookies, security, back
end programming, ...) perspectives.

Albretch


Dont think it would matter. The URL isn't as important as your content
after all; but from a bran point of view, perhaps different URLs for
*distinct* products is always a good idea.

We have one site that uses blog.<mydomain>.com and <mydomain>.com
without any problems; although the blog is not physically the same site,
it is related, and part of the same site subject-matter-wise. But if the
subdomain was not related I'd have it somewhere else.

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Sep 17 '05 #2

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Dan
onetitfemme wrote:
What would be the pros and cons of using different hosts served from
the same server, say:

www.blogyourbrainoff.com

and

www.yourbusiness.com

instead of diferent domains, say:

www.yourbusiness.com

and

blogyourbrainoff.yourbusiness.com


If the two sites are logically related, like the blog in question is an
official function of the YourBusiness company and is in fact about
YourBusiness, then a logical subdomain (I'd perhaps go for the shorter
blog.yourbusiness.com rather than blogyourbrainoff.yourbusiness.com,
unless there was a crucial need to "brand" the phrase "blog your brain
off") would make sense. On the other hand, if it's the personal blog
of the business's founder with no connection to the business other than
that it's created by the same person, then a separate domain (I'd use
one in .org, .info, or .name if it was a noncommercial project) would
make some sense.

When a group of sites is definitely intended to be seen as a related
cluster under a single "brand name", then they definitely should be in
logical subdomains: "miami.foobar.org" and "cleveland.foobar.org" for
the Miami and Cleveland chapters of the Foobar organization, rather
than "foobar-miami.org" and "foobar-cleveland.org". When whole
clusters of different domains are registered and used with a common
substring instead of use of subdomains, I refer to the practice as
"Stupid Unnecessary Domain Names", and consider it one of the signs of
the extreme dumbing-down of the Internet over the last decade.

More on subdomains: http://domains.dan.info/structure/subdomains.html
Dan's Domain Hall of Shame: http://domains.dan.info/hall/shame.html

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Dan

Sep 17 '05 #3

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OK, I found your points insightful, but you/we are right up to a
point.

We, English speaking people/westerners, have a way to
understand/assume reality which is, the least to say, "not
representative".

IMHO, even your examples are very much contrived if you consider that
"foobar-miami.org" and "foobar-cleveland.org" or for that matter,
"miami.foobar.org" and "cleveland.foobar.org", make sense for people in
the US, but if you think 'global' (as I think 'you' should while
talking about anything Internet), how is it that people would prefer:

http://www.yourcompany.com/?chocolate

and/or

http://www.yourcompany.com/?shokora (&lt;- Japanese)

I think domains should be used for general functionality (like "www.",
"mail.", "blog."). People still like reading "menus" (at least the
ingredients) in their mother tongue even if going to a thai restaurant.

lbrtchx

Sep 19 '05 #4

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dan

onetitfemme wrote:
OK, I found your points insightful, but you/we are right up to a
point.
I find *your* points rather hard to understand, however.
IMHO, even your examples are very much contrived if you consider that
"foobar-miami.org" and "foobar-cleveland.org" or for that matter,
"miami.foobar.org" and "cleveland.foobar.org", make sense for people in
the US, but if you think 'global' (as I think 'you' should while
talking about anything Internet), how is it that people would prefer:
So make it miami.us.foobar.org, paris.france.foobar.org, and so on.
http://www.yourcompany.com/?chocolate

and/or

http://www.yourcompany.com/?shokora (&lt;- Japanese)


I suppose it depends on whether your site is in English or Japanese, I
guess... and support of international character sets so that the
Japanese word for chocolate can be written in the correct characters
would be helpful (though internationalized URLs are still not really
well supported).

Just what does that have to do with domain usage, however?

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Dan

Sep 20 '05 #5

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> I suppose it depends on whether your site is in English or Japanese, I guess.
Or whether you put it online and it has an international appeal
(something not only desirable ;-), but expected on the Net)
support of international character sets so that the Japanese word for chocolate can be written in the correct characters "the correct characters ..." I just used an example. in the case of
Japanese, in their lang they use three different scripts (including a
"latin-1" one)
would be helpful (though internationalized URLs are still not really well supported). That, we know, WILL change and is changing rapidly
Just what does that have to do with domain usage, however?

Initially I asked for ideas on using 'domain' or 'URL paths' as kinds
of "namespaces"

Also I think internationalised 'URL paths' are better for managing
webapplications; their log files, performance, adjustment to user
locales, data store access paths; memory footprint.
When you use different domains you are basically using virtual hosts
(another server running instance) right? I think this is the case at
least with Apache

lbrtchx

Sep 20 '05 #6

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onetitfemme <on*************@yahoo.com> wrote:
I could imagine there are a number of pros, cons and 'issues' from the
admin people (performance, security, firewall issues, ...)


No security issues. Firewall issues are pretty unlikely as well.

miguel
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Sep 25 '05 #7

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