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Why no WWW?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by The Dark Wizard, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    I think this is the correct forum to talk about the site, if not I apologize. Someone please move it to the correct area.

    @Mike, @Kier, @Ashley,

    I am curious to know why you guys do not use www. for the site, and just have it be http://xenforo.com

    Since you guys are way more experienced, I thought I'd ask you. Is it a personal preference or is there an actual advantage?
    RoldanLT likes this.
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Just preference/choice.
  3. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Nice question and nice answer @Mike (y)
  4. silence

    silence Well-Known Member

    www adds bulk to the URL and IMHO makes it look ugly. It is YOUR website, and without the WWW, it accentuates that!
    rafass and Hoffi like this.
  5. Vohn

    Vohn Member

    There is really no general consensus on how the addition of adding www sub-domain is the right way, it's more like a old school style than the actual implementation that are happens right now. It's just easy to remember by naming your overall domain name as short as possible. Although by few lines of config changes in httpd, it's easy to add various of additional sub-domains (including www) to redirects into main domain.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2013
  6. MikeMpls

    MikeMpls Well-Known Member

    Old habits die hard. I can't think of any good reason why I still use it on most of my sites. It really serves no useful purpose, except that my fingers are trained to type "www." before my brain kicks in.

    & my 'droid has a "www" key that requires exercise. :)
  7. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Why doesn't xenforo have a SSL Certificate?
  8. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Most important for me: if you advertise your URL offline, the www makes clear it is a URL.
    Janmaat likes this.
  9. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  10. TLMD

    TLMD Active Member

    Isn't it the case that most browsers don't show the "www." anyway, even if it is there?
  11. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    All the ones that I use show it. I think you're thinking of the protocol text :)

    Also, I use www. because a domain doesn't look right without 3 levels/4 levels for a 2 level extension...
  12. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I used to like www.

    However, in more recent years, just seemed like an annoyance that serves no purpose... so dropped it.
  13. TLMD

    TLMD Active Member

    Oh yes, you are right! They grey it out though, maybe that's why I didn't recognize it anymore. :)
  14. x3sphere

    x3sphere Active Member

    If you host your site behind a CDN or DDOS protection service generally CNAMEs are required so you have to use www. That's why I use it on my site personally.
  15. D.O.A.

    D.O.A. Well-Known Member

    I'm just gonna type domain.com in chrome anyway so www is redundant in the world between my ears
  16. sweetpotato

    sweetpotato Active Member

    Google, Facebook always have www
  17. Divvens

    Divvens Well-Known Member

    Hasn't the internet already grown enough for everyone to realize a that it's a link regardless of the www?
  18. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Strongly depends on your niche and your audience.
    Divvens likes this.

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