Site collections that have the cursed /sites/ managed path in their URL has been the bane of SharePoint administrators for generations. In previous versions of SharePoint there were some ugly workarounds to deal with this, but they involved AAMs, lots of web applications, and ancient incantations. None of those things are good for your soul. SharePoint 2013 provides a much healthier option, the Host Named Site Collection, or HNSC. Unfortunately, getting your head wrapped around the complexity of HNSCs can be daunting, and many SharePoint administrators haven’t embraced them. Some out of confusion and some out of fear. There’s good news though, I recently published at SharePointProMag.com, The Case for Using SharePoint Host-Named Site Collections. In this article I explain what HNSCs are, and how to use them, and give you some PowerShell you can use to create some HNSCs of your own.
So please, read my Host Name Site Collection article and let me know what you think.