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Is it recommended to have available the "www" prefix on a site and maintain access without "www" too, or redirect traffic to just one form?

e.g.: having example.com & www.example.com

Solution 1: keep access to example.com & www.example.com without any redirection

Solution 2: example.com ---redirects to---> www.example.com

Does it have any impact on search engines? Is it a "best practice" to do it?

I would like to hear your thoughts about it!

asked 28 Sep '11, 13:49

mecluy
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For the eyes of search engines, example.com and www.example.com are two different websites. Sites accessible from two URL's are hard to rank in SERP and worst if big G will penalize it due to duplicate contents. The best practice is to redirect one to the other. Here is the easy way to do it: http://docs.webfaction.com/software/static.html#redirect-a-domain-with-a-static-cgi-php-app

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answered 26 May '12, 10:35

Romel
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edited 26 May '12, 10:37

Thanks, later I found to be helpful to also select a canonical domain if you use Google Webmaster Tools: Preferred domain (www or non-www)

(17 Sep '12, 19:56) mecluy

I generally avoid it, kind of an good habit. BTW. here is from google an good article: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/09/demystifying-duplicate-content-penalty.html

bye Marcel

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answered 28 Sep '11, 14:31

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