How to use Subdomains to Create Shortcuts to Valuable Content on the Web
How often are you talking to someone, texting someone, or advertising somewhere trying to direct people to a specific page on your website or an outside site? For instance, if I wanted to show off our Facebook inventory pages I can’t tell someone to go to https://www.facebook.com/CarDealerSoftware/app_156218351098324. I’d have to instruct them to “Go to Facebook > search Car Dealer Software > click the View Inventory button”. Why not just tell them to go to fbcars.k3auto.com? Now you can! Use subdomain forwarding to provide your customers/viewers with easy to remember URLs to hard to find specific webpages. After the instructions you will find 5 practical uses that I think will show you the value you in implementing this today!
Creating a 301 Forward Subdomain using Godaddy.com
- Sign in to www.Godaddy.com and navigate to your Domain Management page.
- Next to the domain click the green Launch button
- Go to Forwarding and click Manage
- This is probably your first one so click Add subdomain forwarding
- For Subdomain put the short url you want to use for the redirect. In my example I made it fbcars.
For Forward to: mark the URL http:// or https:// (Facebook is https://) then copy and paste the long URL you are looking to replace.
For Redirect Type: choose 301 (Permanent)
For Forward Settings: choose Forward Only. I tried Forwarding with Masking but it would not work unfortunately.
- Now Save and with in minutes you can use your new subdomain to direct people to various content and resources on the web!
5 practical uses of forwarding subdomains:
- Sending people directly to a set of inventory on your website. “Cars under $10K”: 10k.demodealership.com
- Tell people to complete a credit app at credit.demodealership.com
- Directing people directly to watch a YouTube video: watch.demodealership.com
- Liking your Facebook page: like.demodealership.com
- Asking shoppers to review your dealership on Google: review.demodealership.com