Question from the Mailbox —
I want to install WordPress on my site. I need to choose whether to install it in a subdomain or a subdirectory. Which do you recommend?
A blog is a great tool for your home based business. And WordPress is arguably the #1 blogging platform because it’s so easy to install on your own site. Assuming your site host supports automatic installation via built-in scripts, it becomes even easier. An example of a web host that has automatic script installing is BlueHost.Com.
One of the fundamental decisions you’ll need to make is whether to install your WordPress blog software in a subdomain configuration or a subdirectory configuration. What’s the difference? A quick example will help.
Take the hypothetical website www.GreatDogGroomingTips.com. A blog in a subdomain configuration would have a URL like this: blog.GreatDogGroomingTips.com. A blog in a subdirectory configuration would have a URL like this: www.GreatDogGroomingTips.com/blog. Which one is better?
It used to be that many experts felt there was an SEO advantage to the subdomain configuration. However, in looking for the best answer to this question, I found an interesting article at Natural Search Blog called Advice on Subdomains vs. Subdirectories for SEO. Among other things, it talks about the fact that Google seems to treat Subdomains much the same as it does Subdirectories. This suggests there really is no advantage in that area.
However having done this both ways, I can say from experience that the subdirectory configuration for a WordPress blog is far easier. With the subdomain configuration there are certain technical hurdles to overcome and it’s a bit less straightforward. So hopefully that will answer this question. Do you readers have anything to add to this? If so post your comments.