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Forum in root or /forum?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by ekkanh, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member


    I am thinking about maybe changing my vbulletin 4 forum to xenforo, I have some questions:

    What is best?

    1. Have my forum and blog/cms on the same URL (forum in subfolder?).

    2. Have forum and blog on two separate domains, like: www.domain.com (for blog) and www.domainforums.com for the forum.

    3. Have forum and blog on the same domain and both in the root, (installing a blog plugin for xenforo).

    Is it better if I start with only a forum to have it in the domain root, I have not yet decided if I want a blog/cms, but I want the possibility to be there if it happens in the future.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Should I install XenForo in the web root or a directory?
    This is personal preference and depends how you intend to structure your site. If you plan to install additional software in the root such as a CMS or have a home page, then it may make more sense to install the software in a directory.
    Note that you can not have two files with the same name in the same directory, for example index.php.

  3. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    At first I placed my forum in /forum - but after some months I moved it up to root level. I'm finally happy :)
  4. Sergei

    Sergei Member

    Add forum to subdomain (forum.domain.com).
  5. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member

    Ok thanks for the Answers! I know from a seo point of view that subdomains aren't recommended. I Am thinking of putting it in a subfolder and redirect the root to the folder. Although it's more recommended for seo to have the forum in root.
  6. T.S.

    T.S. Member

    You might want to name the folder something other than "/forum" like "/community" because xenforo automatically add another "/forums" after that while viewing subforums and "/forum/forums/" looks crazy. ;)
    ekkanh likes this.
  7. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member

    Ok, why is that? It would be much better with /forums/f1 , where f1 = forum 1 , f2 = forum 2 and so on. :) I like the word forum more than community!
    Garamond likes this.
  8. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Is it better to use a subdomain or a folder for SEO reasons?
  9. MarcosPreviato

    MarcosPreviato Active Member

    if you are using with any such site or wordpress and xenforo the bridge would be interesting to leave it in the folder / forum
  10. T.S.

    T.S. Member

    It is just how xenforo works, subforums have "/forums" in the URL, threads are have"/threads" in the URL, and members have "/members" in the URL.

    If you look at this site as an example....


    The xenforo.com forum is located in the "/community" folder and "/forums/" is after it in the url when you are viewing subforums. If it was in the /forum folder, you would see this...

  11. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member

    Read this, it explains subdomains and subfolders quite well: http://www.seoptimise.com/blog/2011...trategy-domains-subdomains-or-subfolders.html

    Ok, so I must use the word community then?
  12. T.S.

    T.S. Member

    It is not a requirement. You can still use anything that you like. It was just a suggestion.
  13. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member

  14. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

  15. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member

    Aha, I see:D.
  16. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I thought there was a mod to cut out that www.mysite.com/forum/forums/forum1 stuff?
    I know I saw something about changing it.

    <==== Elderly Blonde moment.

    It's a pain because users don't need to see that. They need::: site/ forumname/ page
    Breadcrumbs does the rest.
  17. kuyenmotdivad

    kuyenmotdivad Active Member

  18. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Google: xenforo install subdirectory - or use this link.
  19. ekkanh

    ekkanh Member

    The thing is that I currently have my vbulletin forum with vbseo located in the root, but I realize that having it all in a subfolder is better for future development, is there a way to move everything to from root to a subfolder, if upgrading to xenforo without completely ruin all traffic and links etc?
  20. T.S.

    T.S. Member

    You can redirect the old URLs to the new ones.


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