29th June 2020

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Does a domain name include www?

Components of a Domain Name
Domain names are composed of several different parts. They read from right to left. At the far right of the domain name, you'll find what's called a TLD (top level domain), or the domain name extension. It's the part after the www, but before the top-level domain.

Hereof, should I include www in my domain name?

Having www. in your domain name is not necessary, and your website be served just fine without it. That being said, it's in your site's best interest to ensure that your domain works with or without it. There are also a few scenarios where it would be beneficial to include the www.

Likewise, why WWW is not working with my domain?

If you can access your website using your Domain without "www." (example.com) but with "www." it won't load, most likely you need to check your DNS zone settings to see if you have an "A" record for "www" entry of your domain. The "A" record should point to the same IP as your default main Domain.

Do I need the www in my URL?

It's actually not necessary to use WWW in URLs. It exists for just one purpose – to identify the address as a website. This is not the case with other important URL signifiers, such as a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server (ftp) or news server (news). As such, WWW may be classified as a subdomain of a larger website.

How do I show www on my domain?

Adding or removing "www" in the panel
  1. Navigate to the Manage Domains page.
  2. Click the Edit button to the right of your domain under the 'Web Hosting' column. The 'Manage Domain' page opens:
  3. Select one of the three options next to 'Do you want the www in your URL? ':
  4. Scroll down and click the Save changes button to save.
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