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9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com

July 23, 2009 7 Comments

You may not know it, but the www version of your website is not the same as the non-www version.

What this means is that yourdomain.com/page is NOT THE SAME PAGE as www.yourdomain.com/page. The URL without the www at the front is treated as a different URL by search engines, for instance. And if someone leaves off the www (on a link or when they type a URL), they may not get any page at all unless you've set your server up right (explained at the end).

Does your website work on the non-www version, or do you get a message like this?

non-www9 sites that don't seem to know this

This ought to be fairly well known in this day and age. But click the following sites and you'll go to the non-www version of their homepage - and in each case, you won't get anything.

Solutions to the problem

You can serve up your whole website on both the www and non-ww version of your URL, but this can give rise to duplicate-content problems. It's better to redirect the non-www to the www version (or vice versa).

But don't just leave awful messages or blank pages ... (and in case you're wondering why it's 9 sites, it was 10 but http://johnlewis.com seems to be working now!)

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