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Domain with or without www

Domain with or without www

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What to choose, a domain with www or domain without www?

If you are a newbie who is planning to start your own website, you would definitely be confused.

You might be thinking about the questions such as:

What is the difference between www and non-www domains?

www vs non-www, which is right from an SEO perspective?


But first of all you have to know:

What is a domain name?

According to Marc Ostrofsky:

Domain names and websites are internet real estate.

For a better understanding, 

A domain name is considered as the address of your website or the name of your website. 
The domain name is the address to find your specific site or content by searching in the URL of your browser.

For example,

We use HTTP and HTTPS in an URL,

The domain name in this example is HTTPS

The domain name is hosted on a server where the document resides.

Why do we use domain names?

A domain name is the combination of numbers, symbols, and alphabets that are used to search. Internet works with an IP and IP has been replaced with domain names for users to reach and remember your website easily.

It is one of the easiest ways for humans to understand and search for their desired website rather than remembering an IP address. 


Which domain is more preferable with www or without www?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions among beginners.

The simple answer is that Google doesn’t give any preference for www or without www URLs.

Your SEO ranking depends on you and your preference. just note that a domain name with www and without www is considered 2 URLs by crawlers. So if you use any please make sure you have 301 redirects that redirect your URL to the one you want your users to land. 

We don't necessarily need www in our web address.

But ‘www’ is considered more authentic than the non-www domain. But if you ask us what is preferable, I would suggest without www. because user intends to enter your domain name without the use of www and will just write which when entered google takes it as HTTP://domainname 

As compared to www, non-www domains do not have any specific technical advantage.

  • If you are using any less recognizable domain, then the addition of www will help to find your site easily. 
  • Non-www domains usually help in getting a great amount of traffic because of their simple and easier website name.

So, this is not about which is a good or bad domain but to conclude their pros and cons non-www domain is more beneficial than www websites.


To conclude the topic, 

For a small website, both www or non-www domain URLs are suitable. 

A website without www works perfectly with your small websites.


There is no issue in any of the formats but what is necessary is to understand the importance and the factors that may affect your SEO.


‘www’ is considered a standard and popular way to start the URL of the website from the very start. In actuality, www is a subdomain which become the most popular subdomain on the internet.

In the beginning, there were only www URL websites. But after some time it was noticed that people have started to drop www before searching any website. 

That’s how the non-www domain starts to work actually.


There are different well-known non-www websites that are working very effectively.

Such as:,, and etc


Google and Facebook are the most popular websites whose domain starts with www.


These are a few websites that work with both www and non-www domains.

hahaha tricked ya. 

All websites will work on both but most of them have redirected to 1 URL which they prefer to use. BUT we can use both as well but remember the crawler will take both www and non-www as 2 URLs and this may occur as duplication of content and would penalize your ranking on SERPs.  

types of issues you could face are Canonical issues, duplicate content issues or you can say overlapping issues and other problems that can occur due to accessibility of both forms.

To save time and effort by linking your most desirable URL you have to use link canonical to help the crawler identify that both pages are similar and should select the canonical URL. To avoid such problems we use 301 redirections. 

So what should be done, we tell people

Your website, your choice!

Follow this rule with a little research before choosing your domain URL and boost your website’s performance. 

You can choose your preferred domain by using the Google webmaster tool or any other preferred tool...


Google ranks any website by seeking reliable and relevant information.

If you are choosing your domain name with www or without www, choose only one. Do not try to switch your website from www to non-www or non-www to www. Stick to one that fits your choice and preference, because shifting your website can harm your efforts of doing SEO.

Your URL format does not affect the ranking of your websites. There is no kind of security threat to a website in both: 

Domain with or without www.

Choose any of your favorable formats without worries.

Neither the www nor the non-www URL format is going to harm your website. What can harm you has been discussed in this article. 

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