| 3:11 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Without that redirect you would have duplicate URLs. As long as the redirect is a 301 status and not a 302, and as long as the redirect happens in just one step - then I'd say your Joomla installation is set up correctly.
| 8:27 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
@tedster, from reading the OP question, I got the impression that he says that all non-www pages get redirected to www home page.
I do not think this is a good idea - the redirect should be to www version of the non-www page, not to the home page.
So something in Joomla is probably not set up correctly.
| 8:28 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Mass redirects to the site root are rarely a good idea.
I'd guess there's a double redirect chain there, not a single step.
| 8:30 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Google would treat it as soft 404. I would check the .htaccess file.
| 8:34 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
My apology, I read too fast and didn;t grasp the whole situation.
I agree with the other replies - do not redirect all requests to the home page, but rather to the same filepath with the "www" added to the hostname.
I don't think this error is inherent in Joomla, at least not from my experience. It's good you noticed it. There's lots of discussion in our Apache Forum [webmasterworld.com] about the correct way to create a better 301 redirect using .htaccess
| 8:49 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
This is one of the reasons I always recommend that when setting up WMT, all sites should be registered both with www and non-www URLs. The WMT non-www reports can reveal some major problems with site configurations that are not seen when looking only at the www data.