Ever felt stumped on the www or non www? There are pros and cons for both options.

There are many reasons why you should be using “www” in front of your domain name and URL address.  On the other hand, there are also reasons why you may not want to use “www” at all.  Like many things in SEO and “webmastery,” it can get very confusing.

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According to Matt Cutts both versions are good, all you need to do is choose one and strict to it. My suggestion is if your website is new and no back links use “www” version and strict to it. If your website has existing quality backlinks pointing to one version, than use that version! If you don’t know how to check for back links than try Open Site Explorer, to check which version to choose. See Prodomain Blog results here:

www vs no www - opensite explorer

Reasons to Use ‘www':

  • Most people using the Internet are not webmasters and expect that they need to type “www” before any URL for it to work, so they’re going to do it anyway.
  • Having “www” in front of a URL is a sure sign of an online, Internet business.  To many, it looks better on business cards and ads.

Reasons Not to Include ‘www':

  • It makes the entire URL longer and, in some opinions, more cluttered.
  • It looks more professional and cleaner to some people

The main thing to remember here is that it’s important for you to remain consistent with your URL address in both usage and marketing.

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The SEO and Search Engine Dilemma:

Yes, it could cause a problem with search engines and such.  Search engines actually see it as two different sites when people use www or don’t.  This can cause an issue with page rank and traffic statistics and can give webmasters false analytics.

In most cases, whether a person types “www” or doesn’t, the search engines will take them to the same address. There is a simple fix in your htaccess file for this issue, and if you are ever in doubt, be sure to contact a professional.

Change www or non www at htaccess file:

Permanent redirect from www to non www:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond % ^www.prodomainblog.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://prodomainblog.com/$1 [L,R=301]

Permanent redirect from non www to www:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond % ^prodomainblog.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.prodomainblog.com/$1 [L,R=301]

So It is your choice, use “www” if it is appropriate, use “non-www” if it good for your website. Share your experience and suggestions at comments section

  • Very useful post… thanks for sharing!!