Have you Said goodbye?

Check your domain to see if anything can be done to help you ditch the dubs.

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You're good

You already have a 301 redirect from www to non-www on your domain.

Please consider using one of our banners on your website to promote the cause.

You're doing it wrong!

No redirect in place. Both domain.com and www.domain.com are valid domains for you.

Google doesn't like when you do this. You can add a 301 redirect to remedy this.

You're doing it wrong!

You have a 301 redirect going from non-www to www. This is going backwards.

You can use the code provided above in your .htaccess, or download the provided file for your server.

You're doing it wrong!

You have no resolution on the primary domain at all!

This means that even a 301 redirect won't work for you right now. You will need to reconfigure your DNS before adding the 301 redirect.

You will need to reconfigure your DNS and then use the code provided in your .htaccess, or download the provided file for your server.

Tell Me More.

You may not know it, but www.domain.com and domain.com are considered two separate URLs by search engines. Good SEO requires using only one of these options.

Google calls this your preferred domain, or a canonical URL. Your canonical URL is essentially the 'best' option to use as the main domain.

A 301 redirect will allow you to redirect all www. traffic to the non-www URL. You can then define this as your preferred URL in Google Webmaster Tools.

What can I do?

As a developer, a designer or a website owner there are a few things you can do to help this initiative move forward.

  • Share with your friends and followers from the top of this page.
  • You can check your domain with our checker above.
  • You can manually add the 301 redirect via one of the methods here.
  • You can download and use the provided .htaccess/Apache files.
  • Set http://yourdomain.com as your preferred domain
  • Use one of our banners on your website.
  • For Linux Servers

    Simply add this to your .htaccess file

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

    OR

    download .htaccess
    You must upload this file to your webserver and rename it to .htaccess
  • For Apache

    Make sure Apache VirtualHosts mod is enabled.

    # sudo a2enmod vhost_alias

    Add or modify your Apache config

    # sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-avaiable/default

    and include the following

    <VirtualHost *:80>
      ServerAdmin [email protected]
      ServerName example.com
      DocumentRoot /var/www/example.com/
    <Directory /var/www/example.com/>
        RewriteEngine On
        Options all
        AllowOverride all
        Order allow,deny
        allow from all
    </Directory>
      ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/main.error.log
    </VirtualHost>

    <VirtualHost *:80>
      ServerAlias www.example.com
      RedirectMatch permanent ^/(.*) http://example.com/$1
    </VirtualHost>

    OR

    download apache config
    This file is zipped. If you are not familiar with Apache Config, you might want to avoid using this technique.
  • For Windows

    You need to edit your IIS web.config file with the below code.

    Special thanks to QWERTYtech.net for the code.

    <configuration>
      <system.webServer>
        <rewrite>
          <rules>
            <rule name="Remove WWW" stopProcessing="true">
              <match url=".*" />
                <conditions>
                  <add input="{HTTP_HOST}" pattern="www.yourdomain.com$" />
                </conditions>
              <action type="Redirect" url="http://yourdomain.com/{R:0}" redirectType="Permanent" />
            </rule>
          </rules>
        </rewrite>
      </system.webServer>
    </configuration>

    OR

    download IIS Web Config
    This file is zipped. If you are not familiar with IIS Web Config, you might want to avoid using this technique.

By The Numbers

Not only does WWW. take time to say, it reduces the amount of room you have in print advertising for your actual brand, and makes kittens cry.

Worse than that, it's wasting everybodies time. "But it only takes half a second." you say? If all internet users typed these 4 characters just ONCE per day, just look at how much time we've wasted. And you know that most people don't just type it once in a day. The actual time wasted per day is probably much higher.

  • 3+ billion internet users*

  • .5 seconds to type WWW. once

  • 47.5+ years wasted each day

*Current number of internet users per InternetLiveStats.com

Who Says It Can't Be Done?

Some websites claim that you shouldn't use a naked (Non WWW) domain for a variety of reasons. Yet it done properly, you are providing a better experience to your users, especially those on mobile devices typing with their thumbs.

Here are 10 major websites (And their monthly traffic) that use some kind of www to non-www redirect. It's possible and it works.

  1. 55,413,434 go.com
  2. 52,721,460 myspace.com
  3. 42,261,821 twitter.com
  4. 33,146,118 wordpress.com
  5. 25,243,549 instagram.com
  6. 9,830,010 vimeo.com
  7. 6,927,841 imgur.com
  8. 4,184,262 kickass.to
  9. 3,777,027 gawker.com
  10. 2,736,693 stackexchange.com
Monthly traffic estimation from Compete.com

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