Why is it even important to choose between a domain name?

To WWW or not to WWW?

How to set the main domain?
 

Why is it even important to choose between a domain name?

Before we provide you with the answer, you need to understand why is it even important to choose between a domain name with or without www. Read the guide on how to build a website and choose a name for your site address.
 

The first thing you should know is that when you buy any domain you get two versions of it: www.mydomain.com and mydomain.com, so your website can be displayed under both www.mydomain.com and mydomain.com. Small difference? Maybe for the User, but for Google, it is not so trivial and can cause serious problems. According to the most popular Internet search engine in the world, websites www.mydomain.com and mydomain.com are two separate websites. What exactly does this mean? It means that if on both of these domain names the content is the same (and it is because we want to have our website under this domain name) then Google reads them as a „duplicate content" – which is a sign that Google does not forgive. The punishment is usually a significant decline in the quality of the website and a drop in the SEO (search engine optimization).


 

To WWW or not to WWW?

From the technical point of view, when 301 redirects work correctly it does not matter which option you choose and it depends only on the webmaster’s choice. Nevertheless, we need to think about the Users and what is better for them. A domain name without  "www" is shorter, easier to remember and easier to compose into graphics and so on... Why then would we choose a name with "www"? It only depends on how good with technology the target audience is. If our Users are not comfortable with computers, then a domain with "www" feels obvious for them and in this case we should just go with www.mydomain.com.

 

In WebWave we chose a domain name without www and use 301 redirects created automatically by WebWave. This is why when you type www.webwave.me into your Internet search engine you will enter our website, but in the location bar, the domain name will be without www.

 

How to set the main domain?

How to avoid such situations? In most cases, you need to open .htaccess file and create 301 redirect code lines… Luckily, when you use website builder WebWave CMS all you need to do is add a domain to your website (Read more) and choose whether to WWW or not to WWW your primary domain. WebWave will automatically create all the necessary 301 redirects. Thanks to this, Users searching for your either www or not www domain will be redirected to the one you chose and Google will not perceive it as duplicate content.

  1. Go to the Webmaster's Panel
     
  2. Select "Web address"
  3. In the new window select one domain name as main

 

 

Site address - to WWW or not to WWW

15 January 2019

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