I’ve been wondering between subdomain or subfolder which is the best for managing a subsection of a website. Which really is the best practice for a webmaster in line with best SEO best practices. Putting a section of a website e.g blog or forum in a subfolder so that it appears like www.naijacomputers.com/community or setting it up as a subdomain so that it appears as www.community.naijacomputers.com. This issue is not for this site Business Computers (though in the future I may be tempted to add a forum to Business Computers if my readers so wish).
I have done a lot of searching on this using the search engines, but the arguments for and against each option seems to be 50:50. So, I have not actually gotten much help from my online research.
Maybe I need to spell out what I want.
- I want all the resources for a particular section of the website to be in the same place. A kind of tidy arrangement for easy management or maintenance as you may put it.
- I want the main domain to benefit from whatever link juice that the sub-section attracts. Meanwhile I don’t want the link juice of the main domain to be diluted as a result of the several pages that that section will contain. The keywords for the section will be a little departure from the main keywords that the main domain is focused on.
It may sound like me wanting to eat my cake and still have it. Well, I am using this post to get useful suggestion on this issue. I believe in asking for help when I need it. So if you have a solution for me, kindly drop it in a comment. Thanks.