How to Create a Sub Domain With Network Solutions

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Network Solutions is a Web hosting, design, e-commerce, online security product and search engine marketing provider. The company focuses on assisting companies of all types to gain a Web presence by starting, maintaining and growing a website on the Internet. According to the company, it pioneered the domain registration service that creates and acquires specific Web addresses. A sub domain is a section of a high level domain. For example, if the state of Washington was a high level domain, King County would be considered a sub domain within Washington state.

  • Sub domains are created and used to divide websites into different sections on websites. The sub domain is usually descriptive of the place and purpose for which it is named within the main domain. For example, the main Yahoo website has many subsections that feature the website's content, such as Web, Images, Video, Local, Shopping and Search sections to make it easier for visitors and consumers to navigate.

  • Research names for the sub domain by searching on a major search engine for some popular search terms for your potential sub domain. Using a name that includes a popular search term can serve to drive traffic to your website and boost an online business. Since the domain name is your Internet identity, take into consideration how any names associated with the main domain may affect your online Web presence, regardless of the purpose of the website. If the website is used for business purposes, it is particularly important to be mindful of all domain names.

  • Obtain or check your hosting account with Network Solutions. If you don't already have an account with Network Solutions, it will be necessary to get one before you can obtain a sub domain through the company.

  • Log into your Network Solutions Web hosting account. Go to the Account Manager section of the account. Click on Web Hosting/Manage Web Hosting. Click on the Assign New tab. Enter the name you have chosen for your sub domain. Press Select. This will enable you to add the new sub domain to your Network Solutions account. You will now be able to add information to that page and publish it so that it will be live on the Internet as you did for the main domain.

  • To create the sub domain properly from a different source, it will be necessary to create the sub domain and point it to whatever the other hosting package may be. From the existing hosting package, you will need to set up the redirection from that Web host's settings or through a Javascript redirect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a sub domain after conducting search engine research so that you can get the most out of the name that you choose for marketing purposes.
  • If using the ecommerce package, you will most likely need to check with customer support or purchase a new hosting package in order to create a sub domain.
  • Per SEOMoz.org, multiple domains for hosting content can serve to dilute the Web presence detrimentally so proceed with caution.

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