WEB www, or no www, and diversion techniques?

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  1. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    Been having this debate with someone lately..

    Since google prefers that you either stick to having www. in front of your domain, or no www. .. which do you guys prefer?

    Also, what's the best way to make sure that your visitors only get your preferred method, even if accessing files in subdirectories, etc?

    I've got the .htaccess method in my root, it works for any files in root directory, but that's it. Is there any server-wide method of forcing a certain path? short of putting .htaccess files in every single folder..

    Personally, i'm undecided which is better. Having the www. adds to the recognition for noobs that it's a website, but removing the www. for real-life business looks much cleaner and is easier spread on business cards etc due to it being shorter, especially for short domain names.

    On a side-note, i'm still dumbfounded at how many major websites just give an error if you don't type in their preferred method. I've seen major company's that if you use the www. it errors to their server setup page, other ones that if you don't use the www. it gives a server error or a 404. I had the idea of starting up a little business that "fixes" people's websites for them ;) Just charge $50 each, and go around setting up the relevant diverts. No time though. Feel free to steal this idea and make your millions.
     
  2. RaginBajin

    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    www, to me looks a lot more professional. I especially think it's crappy of their sys admin not to account for www or non-www domain name.
     
  3. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    It can also make potential customers/visitors think they got the wrong address. I won't share the URL but for example my father's company website if you don't put the WWW just shows a Network Solutions "This site coming soon" page.. even though their actual site has been online for 5 years at www.

    (I only just noticed, and am fixing it for him this week)
     
  4. wyrmblight

    wyrmblight Tá m'árthach foluaineach lán d'eascanna OT Supporter

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    You can use .htaccess like this that will redirect any files requested from the non-www to the www.

    Code:
    Options +FollowSymlinks
    RewriteEngine on
    rewritecond %{http_host} ^domain.com [nc]
    rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [r=301,nc]
    
    I use this for pointing all add-on domains and non www. typed in domains to the www.domain I use for the main site.
     
  5. FusionZ06

    FusionZ06 /\__/\__/\__0>

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    I always setup both :o
     
  6. Nakon

    Nakon Guest

    no www here. it's easier and quicker to read on the air.
     
  7. 537

    537 Guest

    Untrue :hs:
     
  8. Nakon

    Nakon Guest

    don't talk if you don't know what you're talking about.

    :ugh:
     
  9. 537

    537 Guest

    :ugh2: Wow. You're so dumb. You keep thinking that. TTYL BYE! loll
     
  10. Nakon

    Nakon Guest

    you really need to be careful how you talk about me on the forum, i dont appreciate it. tone down the disrespect, i dont know where you're from but where i am from, we dont tolerate that. dont even reply to this, just keep your mouth shut. consider yourself warned.
     
  11. Brett27

    Brett27 New Member

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    Eeeewwww internet tough guy gots me so ascared I pee-pee my virtual panties.
     
  12. Nakon

    Nakon Guest

    IL+1
     
  13. drpepper

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    you're fucking retarded bro
     
  14. Brett27

    Brett27 New Member

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    Yeah, well this IS the Speshul Olympics, right? From the looks of the other posts in here, I figured I finally found my place at last.
     
  15. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    Spambots ftl. Or it's school holidays again already?
     
  16. 537

    537 Guest

    I am virtually scared of you. That was very unnecessary. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Jesse

    Jesse PSN: iamajesse; XBL: Inhale My Rod; G8 GT crew; Ne OT Supporter

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    Most worthless subdomain ever.
     

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