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Do You Still Type WWW in a URL?


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A community member named Justin recently asked if any of us even use the WWW part of web addresses any more. Back in the olden days, companies and individuals alike would give out their web addresses a little differently. It was common to hear “dub dub dub” or “triple w” before the actual web address. This was due in part to browsers needing to be told that they were entering a web address on the World Wide Web.

Thankfully, we don’t really need to use those W’s any longer. You can just type the name of the site and the .com or .org or whatever site it is you are trying to reach. I know that it wasn’t difficult to type out WWW first, but why should we have to? I cannot honestly think of the last time that I have typed those at the beginning of a URL.

I hate seeing when a site hasn’t done their redirects correctly. You have to do proper redirects in order to keep your Google site rankings. Those ranking are important people. When using the WWW in the URL, web servers reply with an http 301 (moved permanently) status code and points to the redirected main page – without those W’s. When search engines crawl the site using the WWW URL, the 301 status code tells them they should index the non-www URL instead. Sadly, many sites don’t redirect one or the other. This confuses things, and causes engine crawlers to index both types of URL’s. You may think that you are getting double rankings… but you’re actually hurting yourself and negating everything you’ve built up.

I don’t use the W’s, no. As a matter of fact, if I find a site that won’t load without using them, I will shoot an email off to the webmaster. Not taking the time to put those redirects in place is only hurting yourself and your site – not me.

How do you type websites and addresses into your browser? Do you put the WWW at the beginning of the URL out of habit, or are you saving yourself time by leaving them out?

How to Choose a Domain Name


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The problem with registering domain names isn’t the registration process. They’re fairly inexpensive, and easy to register. The problem is that all the good names and addresses are already taken. Finding a decent one is sometimes a bit of a challenge. This is the reason I have created this new site – to help you find possible names for the perfect site for you!

This site is exceedingly easy to use. Give it a web address (news article, blog post, etc). The site will scan that web page, pull out two random words, and slap a .com on the end of the words. It will tell you whether or not the address is available. It will even ask you how many results you want!

If a site is already registered, there will be a large red X next to the result. If it’s not, there will be a link you can click to take you to a page that helps you buy it for yourself! All you have to do is plug in any address that exists on the web that deals with the topic matter you’re looking at creating a site for. How much easier can it get?

This is great to help you save time while trying to come up with the best possible name for your new venture. It will also save you the headache you’ll get from brainstorming for hours on end trying to think up something unique. Take a moment and check out our domain thinktank for yourself.

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