Web Apps and Login Pages

Ever notice how some web applications have a subdomain for the login screen and others don’t? Which do you prefer?

Would you rather have or simply go to to access the login screen?

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

8 replies on “Web Apps and Login Pages”

The sub-domain offers a nice touch of personalisation. No doubt it will be working no different from the domain name version, wildcard DNS.

Personally I like the subdomain route as long as they use a session cookie (or whatever) to store the creditials and don’t keep querying the subdomain (I’ve seen it happen).

If I were buildng a personalized site / web-app type deal *cough, I’d put the login on the root domain, and then have it jump to personalized sub.

Subdomains do add the personal touch. However, I think it is still nice to have a login option on the main site as a backup for people who can’t remember their subdomain.

No. I don’t think I ever noticed this. I’ll pay more attention in the future. We don’t do that at work since I store all that foo with the man behind the curtain.

I would probably keep going to cause is longer to type.

I know. Bookmarks are our friends. It’s faster to start to type something and have Firefox finish the deal then to look through bookmarks.

What I dont fully understand is the “remember me for 2 weeks” trend. Why cant you remember me for as long as I want you to — forever even?

What’s up with that?

Amazon keeps me logged in for a LONG time. I agree with you there Mark, there’s not a lot of reason to log someone out unless it’s a banking application or something with a lot of security.

I think it depends on how important the page itself is in the experience. With Amazon and the like it makes no sense to do this. You are not using a specific page or subdomain location for the bulk of your interaction. Now look at an app like Backpack where all your interaction takes place at that location. That’s a great reason to use …it’s where you will live and interact with the product.

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