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Old 03-19-2008, 02:07 PM   #14
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The impetus now is to move away from including www. as it is the domain name itself which is important. A well configured server will allow sites to display with or without www., so whether www.domain.com or just domain.com is entered in the browser address box the site will display. Some old sites of mine have .htaccess in place to divert all users to see www. in the address bar, but that was set up for SEO purposes to avoid duplicate content penalities. Now Google's webmaster tools allow us to enter the url format we want Google to use for indexing so it is no longer a problem.

Interestingly, Internet Explorer 8 Beta displays urls in the address bar with http://www. greyed while the rest of the url is black. I find this makes it slightly easier to work out which site I am looking at.....

As for IE7 "requiring" www. - that suggests a problem, possibly with the user profile. The check for this is to log into the same PC as a different user and see if the same problem exists.

   
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