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  1. Hello. I recently added paston-cooper.com as one of my domains. I actually wanted to use http://www.paston-cooper.com. Is there any way I can get this changed? I tried adding http://www.paston-cooper.com but it said that hostname has already been taken.

    Thanks, Justin.

  2. Something's strange as http://paston-cooper.com/ brings up a blog. Is this yours?

  3. Yes. I want to use http://www.paston-cooper.com instead.

  4. OK, I'm missing something here because I already see a blog at that URL.

  5. drmike - he wants to have the www in the beginning of the url.

  6. Thanks Vivian. Then his answer is found in this thread where Mark explains

    There is www and no-www.
    When the domain mapping code was written we [sysadmin at wordpress.com] needed to decide which we would use because using both would not be a good idea. We chose the no-www.

    http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=6185&replies=3#post-39945
    This is a no-can-do but certainly nothing to grieve over because the 'www' and 'paston-cooper' should not coexist within a link like that. According to drmike, 30% of the folks on the internet, as well as, most search engine spiders can't follow such a link.

  7. Been trying to figure out how to explain this:

    The 30% is when folks have a URL with three names and tack on the 'www' to it in addition as a forth.

    For example:

    http://mydomain.wordpress.com is fine
    http://www.mydomain.wordpress.com runs into the problems that some DNS servers have along with the spiders.

    http://wordpress.com and http://www.wordpress.com is fine because they don't use the 4th machine name in there.

    The issue is because you actually can use http://www1.mydomain.wordpress.com and http://www2.mydomain.wordpress.com and those would work fine if you had sites there.

    It pretains to a bug to the early attempts with load balancing. I'd have to go find the RFC and/ or docs covering it and that's not somethng that can be looked up easily in a search.

    edit: I gotta admit that I myself am torn on the dropping of the 'www' bit but only from a SEO position. I had a Google PR of 6 with http://www.tdjc.be When I put in Matt's plugin to remove the 'www' bit, I dropped down to a 4. But the subdomains remained where they were at 4-6. Not a biggie but it is an ego thing.

  8. @drmike
    Thanks for explaining the "www" threeness thingee.

    [snicker] An ego thing? Our venerable Moderator is admitting to having an "ego thing" about blog ranking? How endearing. ;) *lol*

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