Domain access without www, is it ok?

by Sisqo
12 replies
So, I've just bought an hostigator hosting plan and my primary domain name is without www, and installed wordpress. Is it ok to have the domain name without www?
When I will backlink or will add the url to google, what domain should I use?

#access #domain #www
  • Profile picture of the author Chris30K
    yes this is fine

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    • Profile picture of the author sanssecret
      You can use whichever you prefer but it's best to stick to just one. You can let google know your preferred setting in Webmaster tools.

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  • Profile picture of the author theIMgeek
    It doesn't matter which you choose (www or not) so long as you choose one and stick with it.

    Wordpress will force one, so if somebody enters the www they will be redirected to non-www. (or vice versa, depending on your settings)

    If your site is accessible by both www and non-www you may be hurtingyour search rankings, as these will be percieved as different websites by Google, splitting your page rank between the two.

    You can also choose your preference for one or the other when you set up your site with Google Webmaster Tools.

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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    You'll probably find that you can access your site with or without the www. When you start building links, pick one and be consistent. The same goes for internal linking.

    I usually don't use the www, myself. To me, it looks cleaner, and if nothing else, gives me four more characters when entering in forms fields that limit characters.

    Some will advise using the www because that's what people are used to typing. I don't worry about it because they'll get to the right page either way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by Sisqo View Post

    Is it ok to have the domain name without www?
    Yes, it's fine.

    Originally Posted by Sisqo View Post

    When I will backlink or will add the url to google, what domain should I use?
    Without "www", if in doubt.

    I once had exactly this situation with Hostgator. I asked their live online support people about it. They actually fiddled with something (I didn't understand what, when they explained it to me) and fixed it so that I could use it either with or without the "www", I suspect by redirecting one to the other, or something. But this really wasn't necessary. (Ask them, though: they're very friendly and efficient).
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      I have an authority domain and it took me some time but one day I realized I did not have a www in their. Not sure why it took so long lol.

      Anyway I use spread sheets when I build my links and copy and paste the URL directly from the spread sheet. So happily I was building all my links to the correct locations. Occassionally I build my site to the main domain root name also with the www. But it has not been a problem.

      Make sure you also include the trailing slash if you have one also. I build links to the exact URL as it is indexed.

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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    make sure when backlinking not to include the www. in your link, as pr would be spread between the www. and the one without. other than that your fine. better off actually as most people linking in don't put the www.

    also make sure your WordPress install has the htaccess set to re-write the url to remove the www. if someone hits with it


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  • Profile picture of the author monkeynuts84
    Just to be safe, create a .htaccess file that redirects to your preferred URL (www or non-WWW). That way, any links you get will all go to the same place i.e if someone links to you using and you use .htaccess will do the redirection.
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  • Profile picture of the author taylormarek
    Either way it is fine. Taking out the www makes it shorter though, which I like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonhy13
    Nowadays, www is kind of obsolete. So, don't worry)
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    • Profile picture of the author Sisqo
      thank you ALL for your answers

      I remain with domain without www

      for now the www. automatically redirects to so I suppose that I don't need to modify the .htaccess
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