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Say there is a website, www.website1.example, that is hosted on a web server, web server A. Is it possible to have another website, www.something.website1.example on a different web server, web server B? Or is the www.something.website1.example still considered a sub domain of www.website1.example, and must be hosted on the same web server, A?

For clarification: www.website1.example is hosted on a third party web server, but a client wants us to host www.something.website1.example on one of our own web servers, NOT the third party. Is this possible?

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This is a DNS change; where ever the DNS for website1.example is handled you want to add an A record for www.something.website1.example to point to the new IP address.

Then on the Server B, of course, you need to let the HTTP server (Apache, lighttpd, etc) know that it is serving for that name.

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Yes It's possible. You just need to ask your provider to have the URL www.something.website1.example point to your second website on the server B.

It's like having a website and a webmail with different providers.

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  • Technically, www.something.website1.example is an hostname, not an URL. And indeed the DNS deals with names and not URLs, and the DNS is used to map names to addresses with A records for IPv4 addresses, and AAAA records for IPv6 addresses. – Patrick Mevzek Jan 30 at 17:11

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