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XF 1.2 change Forum from "www." towards non "www."

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by erich37, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    I have my Forum currently setup so that it always shows the "www." infront of the URL.

    How do I change it to have it without the "www." as prefix ?

    Do I need to remove this in the HT-Access-file ?
    Do I also need to change anything in ACP in order to achieve this ?

    Many thanks!
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

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  3. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    When changing an existing Forum which has the "www."-Prefix, will my current members have any issues with loggin-in when I remove the "www." ?
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    They will be logged out initially I believe. They will have to log in again.
  5. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    when you are using a website having the "www."-Prefix and save your Password with FireFox, then FireFox does not recognize your Password when visiting the website without the "www."-Prefix.
    The strange thing is that FireFox or the cookies saving the Password in FireFox make a difference when you visit the very same website with www and without www.

  6. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Technically www. and wwwless domains are considered separate entities (the www is a subdomain), and unless the cookie tells the browser is available to sub-domains its considered separate.
  7. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member


    so why isn't the cookie designed in a way that it will save the User-Password for both versions ?
    So that the Password will be saved at all times, with "www" and without "www".
  8. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    By default its what you have defined (ie, its just xenforo.com and not .xenforo.com), but the functionality exists to make it available in both through a configuration option (config.php). Specifically, the cookie domain option. For it to work on test.xenforo.com and xenforo.com, it'd have to be .xenforo.com. See this for more information:
  9. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    So why is the cookie in "XF -default" not working for both Subdomain and Domain ?

    I guess this would be a "Suggestion" then.....
  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The functionality already exists as KK has said - just edit config.php for your specific requirements.

    For example:
    $config['cookie'] = array (
    'prefix' => 'xf_',
    'path' => '/',
    'domain' => ''
  11. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    98% of sites don't need this. Which is why the functionality exists only as an advanced configuration option. Cookie domains are very sensitive and can easily be misconfigured.

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