Use Of www

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Michele recently posted about using mod-rewrite to redirect domain.tld to www.domain.tld. Why redirect to www.domain.tld though? Most websites today respond to www mainly because that's just how it's done. However when I'm sending email to someone, I don't send it to user@mail.domain.tld, so why do I have to type "www." to go to the website? The server should hopefully know that I want the website if I'm connecting to port 80 or port 443. Why should I need to type a whole FOUR extra characters :) There is already a campaign underway to promote the deprecation of "www.", it can be found at I propose that Michele changes his rewrite rule to the following:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^domain.tld$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://domain.tld/$1 [L,R=301]
Think of all the w keys you will save!

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Not only is it good for those who are allergic to the letter W, it is also a major + point for SEO.

Google and Yahoo can't tell the difference between www.domain and They see them as two different domains. Because of this you're loosing out on backlinks (in their eyes). I must enforce no-www actually. I never transfered over my .htaccess file when i moved to Blacknight....


To be honest, I hadn't even considered the SEO aspect, I was just thinking of poor w keys across the world :)

wwwhat? seo is the daddy reason in my opinon.

Nial, do you know the solution to this issue I'm having with my .htacess file by chance? I posted it on the IWF but it ain't working as it should. I'm by no means a htaccess poet.


To be honest, I haven't tried it as this blog doesn't answer to www at all :) Will have a look though.

I redirect to non-www also... for both the above reasons - SEO and the slow but eventual redundancy of www. Posted about it on me blog.

That one cartoon at the top puts it a lot better than I ever could.

Google Sitemaps allows a webmaster to define the primary domain (Diagnostic->Preferred domain) where you can select which one is "more important". So basically, Google can count all links poiniting to 'non-www' and 'www' as links to one domain.

I am using www prefix on my web sites... And who types the 'non-www', is automatically redirected to the 'www' domain.

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