I am having difficulties trying to express that we should make our domain accessable via http://domainname.com as well as http://www.domainname.com. I recall there being a website that wrote extensively on the pros of making sure your domain works both ways and how it should be SOP to do so. Does anyone have a link for that? I tried to search for it but came up with nothing.
Can't say that I have a resource for you but I don't see why it should require one. Shouldn't that be common sense? I mean if you own a domain and you want people to be able to get to you as often as possible, then it just makes sense to make that as easy as possible. I have my error page set to my index page on my server, so no matter what they type in, they get my index page.
There is no standard, but the www. is not actually required. My host allows me the option of allowing/blocking access to either of them, however it makes sense to me to allow access to both.
In fact, what I did was to set it to redirect all visitors to domain.com to www.domain.com in my hosts control panel, just because I prefer the look of a www. in front.
There is a cinema web-site that I sometimes check, but without the www. all of the images fail to load which makes it look completely broken and there's also a PC hardware site that will simply fail if I try and access it without the www., very frustrating.
Generally I will access all .com, .net and .org sites using the www. because there is a keyboard short-cut for my browser that will add a www. and a .com/.net/.org onto anything I type in, but for .co.uk sites I usually omit the www because it's less to type in. However, I don't see any reason to turn away users because they left out 4 characters.
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