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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 http://username.webapplication.com or simply go to webapplication.com 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 webapplication.com cause name.webapplication.com 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 username.domain.com 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 username.domain.com …it’s where you will live and interact with the product.

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