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Why We Recommend Using AccessAlly on a Subdomain

A subdomain shares a similar name to your main website with a slightly different start to the URL. By using a subdomain you’re able to set up a new membership site for your AccessAlly installation that is separate from your main website.

For example:

Main site: accessally.com
Subdomain: access.accessally.com

We recommend that you build your AccessAlly website on a subdomain, rather than the main domain and connect the two sites (if you’d like) using a link in your WordPress menu.

Why We Recommend Using AccessAlly on a Subdomain

Here are the reasons why we recommend using a subdomain:

  1. Fewer plugin conflicts – Your main website uses lots of plugins and this increases the chance of plugin conflicts that cause hiccups when members are trying to see your courses and memberships.
  2. Fewer tech troubles – With a dedicated subdomain for your AccessAlly site your members are able to get exactly where they need to go without getting lost inside all the pages on your main website.
  3. Simplified SEO – Unlike your main website, your membership site pages are password protected and do not need to be optimized/indexed for Google search results, but may still affect the visibility of your content negatively if it is built on the same domain.
  4. Better user experience: The theme you’re currently using on your main website may not be flexible enough to meet the needs of your membership website. With a subdomain, you can create the exact user experience you need for your courses and memberships.

How To Set Up A Website on Your Subdomain

A subdomain works nearly identical to a primary domain in terms of website setup.

In the admin panel of your hosting provider, you’ll need to install an SSL certificate on the subdomain, as well as install WordPress itself.

Please refer to your hosting provider’s documentation and/or reach out to their tech support when setting this up.

Once completed, you can access the admin area of your website at: SUBDOMAIN.YOURWEBSITE.COM/wp-admin

Click here to learn how to set up your WPEngine subdomain

Updated on May 26, 2021

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