I am making a website that is a collection of game guides I have made. The current idea is to have 40+ subdomains.
Each game guide would be its own subdomain as each has its own vastly different structure and unique search. For example /weapons/guns/ for a shooting game and /items/power-ups/ for a Mario game. There’s also the issue that the Navigation bar has completely different requirements of what’s on it, depending on the game guide. As each game has its own unique things. Levels vs Dungeons, etc.
But this also means my website would have 40+ subdomain, each with 500-1000 pages per subdomains at launch and more with each game guide. This means potentially 200 subdomains in a few years. Is this the best option, or should they be subdirectories with different navigation bar layouts.
Then lastly, should the brand icon return you to the main domain that has links to all the other game guides (subdomains) or should it return you to then / root of each subdomain guide.