Some websites are available on both naked/bare domain and in the
www subdomain, especially in automated system such as
cPanel. This could cause confusion to the end user and if not configured correctly could also cause
Search Engine Optimisation (
While you can expect your website visitors to consciously choose whether to use the one with or without
www, the better option is to pick one that you prefer and automatically redirect all your visitors
to the preferred domain.
This could be done in a few ways, but
cPanel users can configure this redirection from the
Steps to to redirect naked domain to www (and vice versa) in cPanel:
Log in to your
Select redirection type from the select list.
This is normally to tell bot visitors such as
Googlebot if the redirection is only for temporary or permanent.
Naked-to-www redirection or vice versa is normally permanent.
Select the domain that you want to perform the redirect on from the list.
Leave the path empty.
This applies the redirect to the whole domain.
Enter the full
Enter the domain without
www if you're redirecting
www traffic to
Do Not Redirect www.
This is to exclude already-
www traffic to also be redirected
Only redirect with www. if you're redirecting
www traffic to
Wild Card Redirect
This pass full request path to the target instead of just redirecting to the specified path in
button to apply the changes.
View generated .htaccess file in your public_html directory.
.htaccess is a hidden file so you'll need to enabe
Show Hidden Files (dotfiles) in the
File Manager setting to see the file.
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