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Site Organization With Subdomains

Promotion Tip: Site Organization With Subdomains

[I’ve just brought this article over from my other blog – lynda-hill.com – where I am changing the theme etc. It was first posted in November 2008.]

I was moved to pop on here today when I found this amazing site – http://www.netmechanic.com

Some of the things I have been doing since I last wrote in here included reading as much as possible about SEO – Site Engine Optimisation. I’ve not only been reading Brad Callens SEO Mindset, but viewing online videos too. All very interesting and extremely useful, if somewhat technical.

In the middle of last night I decided I would think about setting up subdomains on my main website – (still a work in progress, BTW) – but I just wanted to double-check that I understood what they were all about and made sure it wanted to go ahead.

For example, instead of having lynda-hill.com as my Blog URL, it could be blog.lynda-hill.com. I can have as many subdomains in front of my main domain name as I want.

Best thing to do in these cases is pop onto Google. And that’s where I found NetMechanic.com.

From reading about subdomains I then went on to all the other links that appeared in the first article. Although they have been written a few years ago, the information ties in with all the other stuff I’ve been going through.

Main tip – when adding an image, give it a descriptive ALT title too, in the form of a short sentence using one or two keywords. The Search Engines like it, but perhaps more importantly, they can be read out for unisighted people. Also, … well pop over to the NetMechanic site for yourself using the link at the top.

It’s a shame it’s doesn;t appear to be active; the last entries seem to be 2005 in the sections I was using – but perhaps they’ve relocated to another URL (and their latest copyright is 2007).

And what about subdomains. Well, yes, I think they may be very useful. Although every subdomain can be treated as a whole site in its own right, ie they can have a similar style to other pages on the domain, they must not have exactly the same home page. The logo and style can be similar, but the content itself must be completely different other wise the Search Engines will block them. On the plus side though, they can be added as entities in their own right, so if they all interlink that would be a brilliant way to implement everything I’ve been reading about!

That’s all for today.

–Lynda

PS Here are the links resulting from my recent cyber-education trip:

SEOelite – for everything you need to know about Search Engine Optimisation

SEO Mindset – I don’t know if the offer is still available, but I paid a very small shipping charge and got a 130 page manual in the post and one month free membership to SEOelite.

Warrior Forum – from here I was able to get to see Chad Kimbal’s Domain Tweak system for just over £3.25 and that IS clever! (Look in special offers.)

Site Rubix Review – Really Easy Website Builder

I must admit I was amazed. I haven’t done much website design recently, the last time was when I used Serif PagePlus which was very good; but it did take me an hour or so. Yesterday I designed 2 websites in about 10 minutes and today I did another two in the same time. How? By using Site Rubix, that’s how.

To be honest I was a bit stumped at how to get started until I found a video on someone else’s site. This provided enough detail to work out what to do, despite the awful quality, and suddenly I found I had made my first two sites. I’ve since found a better version on the Site Rubix site itself (why didn’t I think of that first!)  – you’ll see it when you get ahead of me and click the link HERE.

It’s not quite 1-2-3, but it is certainly step-by-step.

  1. Give your new site a name.
  2. Choose a template (background. layout, colour) There are 16 templates to choose from. Hit the ‘create site’ button.
  3. You are then taken to the main screen where you enter the information (text) you want to put up on your website. It has useful detailing such as ‘click here to enter text’, So you ‘click here’ and add what you want, you can then resize it, change the colour, change the font, make the words bold, italic etc.
  4. If you don’t like the banner at the top (background panel) then you click on ‘change banner’ and go and find one you do like. While you look through the list you can click each one to see a preview.
  5. You add a new section by clicking on ‘add new layout’ which brings up 7 different layout designs such as a section divided in half down the middle, or 30/70, 70/30 – or just all the way across (100%). You then add the information you want in there.
  6. On the left Is already a Navigation panel – so you can have more than one page on your site and link to each of them through the menu – or you can delete it completely.
  7. In the sections you can add images as well as the text, or instead of it, and you can also put in a hyperlink for either so that it goes to a URL when It’s clicked.
  8. If you decide you don’t like the template you started out with, you can simply change it without losing all your work.
  9. And you can work in html if you must. If you don’t know what that is, it’s the coding language website designers use – but if you are using Site Rubix, you don’t really need to worry about that.

Every time any change is made the system automatically saves your work for you – but you can also save it manually. As you progress you can even preview what you are doing to make sure it is all right.

Once you’ve finished, Site Rubix has its very own FTP program for you to upload your new site to your hosting company. This is very easy once you know how to login using FTP – your hosting ISP will be able to help you with those details, but as a guide you will need your domain name ie joebloggs.com, the username for your hosting site and the password. But I don’t need to tell you all this as the help pages in Site Rubix are there to do that.

You can use Site Rubix to build a site with one or 100s of pages.

Here’s a summary of exactly what Site Rubix will be able to do:

  • Build a professional looking site in less than 5 minutes.
  • Build a site with absolutely no HTML skills.
  • Drag and drop your site to look how you want it.
  • Send your new website (or changes you may make in future) directly to your own webhost using the built-in FTP.
  • Use it to quickly build websites for other people – and get paid.
  • Duplicate existing pages and full sites with a click of the button.
  • Customise banners, images etc and the system will handle the resizing etc to keep it looking great.
  • Upload your own pictures and graphics so that they are stored ready for use at any time.

and what is more, it’s totally FREE to all members of Wealthy Affiliate University of which I am one!! WA also happens to include FREE webhosting and a host of resources, tools and support.

In fact, Wealthy Affiliate University is the only place where you can get access to Site Rubix. So why don’t you check it out now!

Gxis la revido

–Lynda

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