Assigning Domains to your Subdomains in Bluehost

OK you learned how to create a WordPress.org blog using bluehost on Agentgenius’ blog. Benn did a fine job at explaining it. If you haven’t started yet, here’s a couple pre-requisites to this tutorial.

  1. You need a bluehoust account.
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  2. Created a subdomain and installed WordPress on it. (Use Agentgenius tut if not done yet)
  3. A fresh pot of coffee. (or a six pack of your favorite beverage)

For the purpose of this Tutorial… I created “Subdomain.bob-carney.net” and installed wordpress on it. By doing this first, I can create a beautiful layout and get some links and information on it prior to launching it to the public. Maybe you want to test a couple variations and have a group review them. Just create another subdomain and install your blog platform on it. (WordPress is by far the easiest, but its not the only open source software; nucleus and b2evolution) By the end of this tutorial, I will have www.gb4h.com as the assigned domain. You will still always be able to access the blog by typing http://subdomain.bob-carney.net.

On your Bluehost cPanel, your domain menu is where you will create your Subdomain and your Addon domain. The Addon Domain is where you going to click for this tutorial.

Subdomain and Addon Domain menu on Bluehost

This next step takes place on your Domain registrar. For my domain GB4H.com it is registered at Godaddy. This next graphic is the Nameserver section. I changed them prior to make the changes on Bluehost, if you don’t do this first, you will be asked to enter your EPP code. This will need to be requested from your registrar. Godaddy has a link that you click to email to you. It’s much easier in my opinion to just change the Nameservers first.

Godaddy Domain Nameserver Change

Here’s your next step in the Addon menu. A key note here…DO NOT PUT “www” in front of your domain. In a sense you are creating another subdomain…in actuality, the “www” is a subdomain of your domain. (another note; if your domain is registered with Bluehost, use the drop down from top selection)

Addon Domain Steps One and two

This is where Bluehost will link your previously created subdomain. (My subdomain is called “Subdomain”, I know creative!)

Addon Domains step 3 and 4

OK now, GB4H.com is assigned to Subdomain.bob-carney.net. They are one and the same anything that you do in cPanel to files will reflect in the other one.

OK, off to our wordpress site. Open a browser and type in your new domain. At this point when I type GB4H.com in the URL field, it takes me to my wordpress site, but the URL immediately changes to http://subdomain.bob-carney.net.

Sign in and head over to the Options tab. You will see the below fields with “http://subdomain.bob-carney.net” in both fields. This is what is telling the page URL what the blog domain is. So change the bottom one. You can change the top one too. I don’t see any problems if it remains as is.

Wordpress options menu changing the URL fields

OK now you’re done. You have just set up your blog. Like I said early this is great when you are creating a new site and don’t want the domain to show it off yet. Maybe you have the domain already on another blog…like wordpress.com (the free web-based wordpress blog)

One final tip before you go...since the site is new. Make this last change so you don’t lose any SEO opportunities. While you are in the options section. Go over to “Permalinks” and make the following change.

Permalinks help drive SEO

By selection the option with the title, you will enhance your SEO by including the title of your post URL. Google likes that. The later you do this in your blog, you will have to make changes to your .htaccess file (whole different post)

Well there you have it. Peace out.

Thanks to Josette Skilling for inspiring this post.

5 comments ↓

#1 Josette Skilling on 02.26.08 at 11:01 pm

You rock!! Glad you included the info on the www’s

#2 gotbob on 02.27.08 at 9:55 am

You pointed that out…I assumed too much there. :)

#3 Josette Skilling on 04.17.08 at 10:32 pm

And once again you are the man!!! Now I’ve moved the other domain over and pointed it at the domain I moved before. Thank God you understand all of this. I owe you big!

#4 gotbob on 04.18.08 at 9:14 pm

;)

#5 Sam on 07.27.09 at 9:00 pm

We’re experimenting with creating SEO optimized subdomain WordPress MU websites for every niche market and then moving to try the same but using Keywords.

Oh, and you should use the Custom structure box /%postname%/%category%/ like that for maximum SEO effectiveness : )

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