What are domains and subdomains? What counts as separate domain in the case of OptiMonk?

In the word of IT, computers identify each other with the help of a unique set of numbers, called IP address. However, these random sets of numbers are not easy to remember, and that’s where domains come really handy. Domains point to a single IP address. This way, if you would like to open a website, you only need to remember the domain name, like: optimonk.com

A subdomain is an additional part of your main domain name, separated from the original domain name with a dot. Subdomains are created to organize and navigate to different sections of your website. The subdomain always comes from the domain itself, for example, if my main domain is optimonk.com, then campaign.optimonk.com and popup.optimonk.com will both be a subdomain to that.

OptiMonk offers different pricing plans, and each and every one of them enables the usage of a given number of domains. But what exactly counts as domain in this context? To answer that shortly: every domain or subdomain. If we follow the example above optimonk.com, then campaign.optimonk.com and popup.optimonk.com qualify as 3 separate domains in this case.

However, if you have a part of your domain separated by the “/” sign, it is simply a page or subpage, not a subdomain. For example, optimonk.com/campaigns is not a domain or a subdomain, only a page.

When you are using OptiMonk, there is continuous communication between the page/subpage and the domain. This enables cross-page targeting. For example, we can set up that if some clicks on a given button on the optimonk.com page, he or she will see our campaign on the optimonk.com/campaigns page.

However, it is important to know that this connection does not exist between domains and subdomains. They do not communicate with each other, so we cannot show a campaign on optimonk.com (Domain “A”) based on an action our visitor made on the campaign.optimonk.com subdomain (Domain “B”).

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