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    www or non-www

    Logic tells me that there shouldn't be a difference, as long as you only use one... but you never know...

    Which is better for search engine optimisation??... The www or the non-www version of a URL ??

    Muchas gracias, and please post evidence to support your view, thanks.




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    With Google you can tell them which one you want them to list in the search results if you sign up to use the Google webmaster tools.
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    I know but which one is better (if any) ??


    Like for example, I know in my .htaccess file I can automatically re-direct one to the other...

    All I'm wondering is which one should I choose??


    I've previously always gone with the non-www version because it's more attractive in the address bar, but I had a falling out with a co-worker this morning who claimed that the www version was more SEO-friendly (though she couldn't back up her claim).


    Is this true??

    Was she right ??

    What do you guys think from your experiences??




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    It does not matter. Whatever you select, stick with it. I would prefer www and do a 301 redirect of the root domain to www.

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    As moramata wrote, it won't make any difference, as long as you are consistent, and set up a 301 redirect.
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    Thanks for the poll, Megan G.

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    As the others said, it doesn't matter one iota. Pick one and stick with it.

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    Like the others have said, it really doesn't matter as long as you stick with it. BUT, I like to go with www because most people will include it when they link to you.

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    Well, it doesn't matter, but I prefer www for the root domain and non-www for the subdomain. It's just personal preference.

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    Doesn't matter and I like the www because the less geeky people may expect it from a website and it looks more symmetric and old school (even though not many people like to look old school on the web ).
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    I prefer the www and does a 301 redirect.
    One of the reasons i do this is due to the psychological effect it has on most average people (referring to ppl's way of thinking / memory etc here), and the actually idea of the internet as i like to see it which i personally think is good for both online and offline results to get the word out...
    It's not just about high ranking, it's also about how you do the ranking...

    well, my own theory this.. anyway, i do the www and 301 redirect and will go on using it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poiesis01
    Well, it doesn't matter, but I prefer www for the root domain and non-www for the subdomain. It's just personal preference.
    Is that really a good idea??...

    What about consistency??




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    This is also a big questions to me, but for me I'd go for non-www just don't know the reason why

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    Is that really a good idea??...

    What about consistency??
    It's the traditional way domain names are written so I'd consider it a good idea. Few people (if any) use www in front of subdomains.
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    I still add www for link building..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    Is that really a good idea??...

    What about consistency??
    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ankerstjerne View Post
    It's the traditional way domain names are written so I'd consider it a good idea. Few people (if any) use www in front of subdomains.
    Exactly. Subdomains have traditoinally been written without the www bit. And besides www. domain.com and sub. domain.com looks more consistent in my opinion.

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    www version is gud.

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    www or non www are all the same I guess.

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    i like with no www

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    www. is technically a subdomain
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    They all are same but I like www

    Whichever way you use it, it is always good to redirect one to other. Here is the code which I uses for non www to redirect to www.
    Code:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond &#37;{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    www. is technically a subdomain
    Correct, but it generally isn't treated as such in practice. At one point, I thought about having two different versions of a site (one for www and one without), just for fun, but I decided that too few would get it to make it worthwhile.
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    I prefer non-www, but I think it is important to ensure that both of them work.

    I think the ideal behaviour is to settle on one or the other, but make sure that people who type in the other will still get properly redirected.

    There are too many sites which won't work if you omit the 'www', or which redirect you to the company's intranet (with a login screen) or something like that.

    On the other hand, if you don't use 'www', a lot of people will type www in front of it anyway, even if you clearly tell them the address and you don't say www. Some people assume all web sites should have www. in front of them, so if your site doesn't work with www, some people may miss out.
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    I dont know if really metter but i'll choose with www.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmj View Post
    On the other hand, if you don't use 'www', a lot of people will type www in front of it anyway, even if you clearly tell them the address and you don't say www. Some people assume all web sites should have www. in front of them, so if your site doesn't work with www, some people may miss out.
    Which is why you should not use subdomains, unless they work with www in front of it.
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