Goodbye World Wide Web.

Goodbye word wide webb

I’m not a fan of excess words, letters or complexity. That’s why all of my sites are “www-less”.

The www dinosaur is dying. Rob points to Microsoft as evidence the www is dying in his post Bye Bye World Wide Web Post” (via Nivi):

To formally kick thing off, Microsoft has launched Max. It’s been great Web. Heh, we never did get around to explaining to the people what the heck “http://www.” means, but we’ll always cherish the dotcom years together.

Canonical Issues such as having, and all hosting the same content can cause problems with the search engines. The value of your page (let’s call it, I don’t know, “pagerank”) can be reduced if some links point to and others point to Being listed separately in search listings may negatively affect where your site shows up in the SERPs.

The WRONG way to solve this problem is by sending a 404 whenever someone neglects to type in the www -that’s just silly. Yes – some people actually still do that.

I invite you to say goodbye to the world wide web (www) like I did by adding lines like these to your .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)${REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

This mod rewrite in the .htaccess removes the www and redirects it permanently to a non www url.

The other thing you should do is check through your site and make sure there are no instances of the “index” file name in any of your hyperlinks. The most common place to find this error is on a “home” link that shows:


It is always preferable to instead have:

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5 Responses to “Goodbye World Wide Web.”

  1. anty says:

    nice idea, I’ll add this right now to all of my sites 😉

  2. I’ve been doing the opposite, redirecting the to Regardless of which you use, you should be directing one or the other with .htaccess

  3. scrunter says:

    I’ve always been taught that you should include the trailing / after the .com – it is supposed to result in quicker page loads (and I seem to recall informally verifying this myself, years ago).

  4. Klaus says:

    That’s great news for the .es domains you registered… 🙂

  5. It’s just the web.

    I agree completely with Quadszilla on this point. When one launches a site they should decide whether they want to use www or not in their hostname. They should then choose one of the 2 .htaccess file redirects using mod rewrite. I also agree that usin…