Apologies in advance if this is a noob question, but while I'm very good at writing code, SEO is pretty much a mystery to me .
I've acquired a web property recently and am putting it through a pretty significant overhaul - site is live but in beta currently. Out of curiousity, I checked to see what Google had indexed using site:www. thewebsite .com. My heart sank when I saw that nothing was indexed. However, when doing a check for site:thewebsite.com, there are lots of pages indexed by Google. The site in question does have a current Page Rank of 2.
Does it matter whether Google indexes as www. thewebsite .com or website.com? Is one better than the other?
(spacing inserted in the URL on purpose to avoid hyperlinking, obviously thewebsite.com is not the name of the site )
Thanks for any guidance you may be able to provide.