Managing Sub-Domains

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To Sub-Domain Or Not To Sub-Domain?

It can be tricky to work out how to structure your site, especially if you don’t just want Convertri pages on your domain. This guide deals with the most common questions about how to set this stuff up in Convertri.

To start with, some terminology:

https://domain.com – this is the apex Domain.

https://anything.domain.com – this is a sub-domain.

Important: Convertri treats www.domain.com just like any other subdomain. It doesn’t see a difference between www.domain.com, offer.domain.com, or ilovecats.domain.com except what they’re called.

This means that www.domain.com is distinct in Convertri from domain.com. Publishing your page to www.domain.com/yourpage doesn’t mean it’ll be found by going to domain.com/yourpage.

If you want this to happen, you’ll either maintain another copy of the page in your domain.com site on Convertri, or set up a redirect.

Redirects can be set up with your domain registrar, usually for free. We’re in the process ofproducing guides on how to do that for each major registrar, but until that’s done, you can contact your domain registrar’s support and they’ll be able to explain how to do it. We suggest pointing www.domain.com to Convertri, and setting up the redirect from domain.com to www.domain.com. This will only need to be done once for the domain, notfor every individual page.

You can set up as many subdomains on the same apex domain as you want in Convertri. There’s nothing to stop you having www.domain.com and offers.domain.com and davidbowie.domain.com and myamazingfunnel.domain.com and a load of others on top.

However, if you're adding a subdomain via CNAME, you will need to set up each of them as a separate custom domain in Convertri. You can find the guide that explains how to do that here:

http://help.convertri.com/article/79-how-to-add-a-custom-domain

And if you're adding a subdomain via nameservers, you just need to create a DNS record in the existing apex domain entry in Convertri. Find out how to do that here:

https://help.convertri.com/article/216-how-to-add-a-subdomain-when-its-main-domain-is-added-via-nameservers

Blogging

Convertri isn’t set up for blogging, but there are times when you might want a blog on a site as well as your Convertri pages (just like us, at https://blog.convertri.com/)

You’ve got 3 options on how to structure this.

1. Have your Convertri publish to www.domain.com, and put your blog on a different subdomain such as blog.domain.com. This is what we do. This is the best option when selling your product or service is the main focus, and your blog is designed to support that.

To do this:

    1. Set up www.domain.com as a custom domain in Convertri. (See the guide for doing that here: http://help.convertri.com/article/79-how-to-add-a-custom-domain)
    2. Set up Wordpress (or whatever blogging system you want to use) on blog.domain.com. Note that because your blog isn’t a Convertri service,you’ll need your own hosting for this. It won’t matter that you’ve pointed www to Convertri. This ONLY affects pages that are on www.domain.com, not other subdomains.

2. Have Convertri publish to a subdomain such as offers.domain.com, and install your blog on www.domain.com. This is best if your blog is what most people will be coming to your site to see (for instance, if you do content marketing), and then you want to redirect them to your Convertri funnels or pages from the blog itself.

To do this:

    1. Set up Wordpress (other blogging systems are available) as normal onto www.domain.com
    2. Set up the subdomain you’d like your Convertri pages published to, e.g. offers.domain.com.

3. Use the Wordpress plugin to display your Convertri pages, letting you display both your Convertri pages and your blog on www.domain.com. This is the best option if you really want all your pages to be shown on the www.domain.com subdomain, or if you don’t want to set up a custom domain on Convertri. Note that your pages will load slightly slower if you do this, because Wordpress will need to load before Convertri can load the page.

To do this:

    1. Set up Wordpress as normal on www.domain.com
    2. Install the Convertri Connector Wordpress plugin. You can find it in the account menu of your Dashboard.
    3. Publish your Convertri pages on any subdomain of convertri.com that you like. Your viewers will never see this URL, so it doesn’t matter.
    4. Create a new page on your Wordpress site, and use the Convertri Connector to iFrame the Convertri page you’d like to appear there.