Subdomains with inMotion WordPress Hosting
InMotion WordPress Hosting is popular because it comes with a free domain and an unrestricted license. But what is a subdomain? And what is inMotion’s stance on subdomains? Let’s dive into these questions and more.
What Is A Subdomain?
A subdomain is a top-level domain (TLD) that is under the umbrella of another domain. For example, www.example.com is a subdomain of example.com, while blog.example.com is a subdomain of example.com.
When users navigate to www.example.com, their browser will look for the example.com server, and will then connect directly to that server without having to route through a domain name service (DNS) — usually Cloudflare or Google Public DNS.
This means that the www.example.com server can be anywhere in the world, and as long as the network conditions allow for an HTTP connection, users can access the site.
InMotion is a full-blown WordPress hosting company. But they also offer a custom solution for companies who want to run their own private websites with the WordPress content management system (CMS). This solution, named InMotion WPO Web Properties, can be used to create subdomains for your company’s internal use. For example, www.mycompany.com or www.yourcompany.com can be created and used to host your news websites and blogs. InMotion’s platform automatically generates a domain for each site when you launch the web properties — and you can choose the TLD (top-level domain) you would like to use for each site (e.g., .com, .net, or .org).
Do I Need A Subdomain In My Life?
This depends on your needs. If you’re looking for a way to easily and consistently build your website, you’ll want to get a subdomain. Why? It’s simple — having your own subdomain means you can have complete control over the domain’s settings, such as its name, the email it forwards to, and its HTTPS encryption.
Think about this like buying a used car. It might come with some issues (such as low gas mileage or a bad transmission) but if you take it to the repair shop, they should be able to fix it up for you. With a subdomain, you’re bringing a car that’s already been driven so there’s no way to know its true condition. The only way to know for sure is to open up the hood and have a look inside.
On the other hand, if you have a shiny new car that you drove over from Los Angeles to New York, you might not want to use a subdomain. There’s no reason to hide that you’ve been driving — it might void your warranty! So in this case, it’s best to use the main domain.
When Do I Need To Use A Subdomain?
There are several cases where you might need to use a subdomain.
If you’re getting started with a new website and don’t have a domain yet, you’ll need to get one — either purchase a cheap one from a domain hosting company, or register a new domain through Google Domains. When choosing a domain, make sure that it’s not taken by another business or individual and that it’s available for purchase.
Another situation that might require you to use a subdomain is if you’re migrating from another CMS to WordPress. In this case, you’ll need to set up your new WordPress website to use your existing domain’s database. To do this, you’ll need to ask your web host to give you access to the MySQL database for your domain and provide you with a database user name and password. If you’re using WordPress’s own built-in database system, Navicat Premium could be a good choice for you.
The Downsides Of Using Subdomains
There are some downsides to using subdomains, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether they’re worth it.
One downside of having a subdomain is that it makes your site more vulnerable to hacking attempts. Since subdomains are directly connected to specific domains, any hacker who gets access to that domain can take over your subdomain as well.
Depending on your site’s content, you might also have to deal with domain name hijacking. A hacker who gets access to your domain’s WHOIS (whois database) can change the nameservers for your domain, making it seem like the domain is owned by someone else. InMotion provides you with tools to prevent this, so make sure you’re using them (the whois privacy option is ideal for this). If you don’t want to use whois protection, you could register a new TLD (top-level domain) with newdomain.com, which will give you a new, anonymous domain to play with.
Why Should I Choose InMotion As My WordPress Hosting Provider?
There are a few reasons why you might want to choose InMotion for your website hosting needs.
First, they offer a free domain with every account, as well as a free dedicated IP (Internet Protocol) that can be attached to the domain. Second, they offer a money-back guarantee within the first 30 days of using their services. If you run into any problems, they’ll take care of it. All you have to do is contact their support team and they’ll help you out. Finally, InMotion provides you with some great tools to maintain your site, such as free backups, which are fully automated and restore your site to exactly the way it was before it was hacked.
InMotion also has a great support team, which is available 24/7 via email. In addition, they offer live chat support via Skype during normal business hours — so if you have an urgent question, they can get you an instant answer.
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the difference between a subdomain and a domain, as well as the pros and cons of each. When deciding which one to use, you have to ask yourself what’s most important to you — a free domain or a secure connection to visitors?