Can I add "www" to my domain name?

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  • #789685

    mhklein
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    My domain name is currently enviromental-essays.net. I’d like to change it to http://www.environmental-essays.net (adding the “www” prefix). How difficult is that to do and how much would it cost?
    Blog url: http://environmentalessays.wordpress.com/

    #789891

    macmanx
    Staff

    We actually strip out the www. for convenience, and http://www.environmental-essays.net/ will redirect to http://environmental-essays.net/

    www is an old protocol from back when everything was under a separate server. www (www.example.com) was the web server, mail (mail.example.com) was the mail server, ftp (ftp.example.com) was the FTP server, print (print.example.com) was the print server, etc.

    These days, everything is run under the web server, making www. redundant and a waste of four characters.

    #789956

    mhklein
    Member

    Thank you for your rapid answer. The reason that I wanted to prefix my URL with “www” is that I find that when I type my URL in an email or document, a hyperlink will only be attached if I prefix it with “www”. Otherwise, I have to manually insert the hyperlink, a minor pain.

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