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    Huh?

    I've never understood this. Why is there even the www. prefix on most websites anyway when the non-www. URL gets the same content. The redundancy just confuses some of my users and it's unnecessary complication.

    What's the point of making users type 4 more characters?

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    Data transmission on the internet can use one of many protocols including: DNS, POP3, IMAP, SMTP, HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. So it is possible to have ftp.sitename and www.sitename. Modern browsers assume http://www. and append this to the URL if it is missing.

    More info at:
    http://no-www.org/

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    Wow, that's pretty neat. My OriginXT site currently does the redirect thing that no-www.org advises. Will that have compatibility issues with browsers that try to force the www. prefix? And I guess it's the same deal with the ftp. prefix?

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    Most browsers dont add www. as far as i know. Some sites actually are not configured for www or without www, ive seen both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techno
    Data transmission on the internet can use one of many protocols including: DNS, POP3, IMAP, SMTP, HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. So it is possible to have ftp.sitename and www.sitename. Modern browsers assume http://www. and append this to the URL if it is missing.
    *some* browsers will *prepend* www. if they get no response from trying what the user typed. properly written ones will just show what the user requested or an appropriate message.

    as people are, in the main, lazy and stupid, it has become common for websites to respond both with and without the www. prefix which was originally intended to give the clueless some idea about what protocol was being used.
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    there are so many domain extensions avalible these days that the www. helps identify it as a web adress just as the @ symbol sybolises an email address. altho this isnt always the case you have to think of the avarage person who sees these addresses.

    I have personally always encouraged my users to use www., you can get to my site without it but the way my blog and forum are set youll soon find yourself using www. regardless of whether you bothered typing it in or not.

    Some australian goverment websites dont allow you to connect without using www. wich is unprofessional in my opinion.

    heres and example http://acma.gov.au/ im sure it hasnt occured to them that people giveout webaddresses over the phone or other means and dont just link from an email www is easily forgotten at times. Ironically this is the Communications Authority.
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    Wow, thanks for all the information you guys That's what makes WHT so awesome. Cool knowledgeable users like you guys.

    Again, thanks. This clarified a lot of things, but it still doesn't explain why we still follow the outdated method--if it is the fear of confusing the average users, why not give an explanation?

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