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Wordpress MU and www versus no-www
Wordpress MU removes www from address

 10:10 am on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)


I installed Wordpress MU (multi user) on my web so visitors can open their blog and blog away : )

Everything went smooth, except the fact that wordpress removes the www from my url.
Lets say my web is:

and when I navigate to the blog part it changes to:

Anyway I thought I messed something during installation, so I gave it a second try. Then by reading carefully I noticed that wordpress MU has this sort of policy where they support the "No-www" initiative.

From wikipedia:
No-www is an initiative to make all websites accessible from both the http://www.example.com/ and http://example.com/

Anyway it sounds all a little to revolutionary for me : ) I'd like my blog to keep the "www" part.
What should I change (delete)?

My guess is something in the wordpress htaccess.

Thanks all : )



 2:25 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Look at the options on your wordpress dashboard.
Look for something like blog address if I remember correctly.

Just add the www to that and that will do the trick


 2:50 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

> No-www is an initiative to make all websites accessible from both the http://www.example.com/ and http://example.com/

That's rather foolish. Obviously, they don't understand the meaning of the "www" subdomain, and they sure don't understand duplicate content issues or SEO.

Please let us know how this turns out for you.



 3:13 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Make sure you also check your 'privacy' settings.
The last recent installation I did blocked all bots and search engines by default !
You had to check a box saying something like make my site public or something.
Unbelievable !


 3:24 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was rather surprised myself with all these wordpress regulations.
I still didn't have time to dive into this problem, but I did check the admin panel, triple checked it, and there is no option to specify URL address (like for example PHPBB admin panel has).
I'll try wordpress support sites when I manage.

As for www vs no-www, I must also agree that is sounds foolish to abolish www. For one thing I'm pretty much aware that there are many people that still punch urls in google instead of address bar (especially here in Eastern Europe :) ), and I recall some old folks thinking that something is wrong with the webpage if they cant see the "www" part : )
Funny thing when we corespondent among experts, but your average surfer might go: "OMG, it could be a virus! It ate the www part! Now it's after my credit card, I better hide my wallet !"


 3:44 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

What I said is that it is foolish to allow a Web site to be directly accessible from both the www- and non-www variations of the domain. It does not matter which one you choose, but there must be only one "canonical" address; All other variations must be 301-redirected to the canonical address.

Any other approach risks a ranking loss in the search engines, due to the "duplicate-content penalty" -- Really just the effect of 'splitting' your PageRank and link popularity across multiple URLs in most cases.

This is just another case where people don't let facts get in the way of their opinions... :)



 4:35 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

log in to dashboard
Go to Options
General options

then see
WordPress address (URI):
Blog address (URI):

you'll see those addresses for your site have no www in
add the wwws to both and click update options


 10:46 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hello phantombookman,

I tried your advice
Dashboard -- Options -- general
Unfortunately I do not have the option to change URI here
This is what I have:
Blog title, Tagline, Membership, E-mail address, Blog language and Default date format (and other time options). That is all I get there, I am logged in as admin.
Maybe there is a difference between wordpress single blog and wordpress multiuser (my case) ?
Anyway I'll keep on trying to make my blog return the www part. As my whole site contains the "www", it would, for a start, be silly to have a no-www section.
If I find solution I'll post it immediately.



 11:01 pm on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Did anyone ever figure this out? I can't find where to change the URL either.


 9:35 am on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

I know this is a fairly old thread, but I did find a solution which you can read about here, its halfway down the page under the user Vimm


It works well, I think if you search the forums at WPMU there are similar fixes for the latest versions


 4:57 pm on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank You - it's greatly appreciated.

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