Naked domain (also called bare or non-www domain) is a domain name without the preceding www. Non-www domain is usually preferred because it's shorter. However, the www domain is still used for some legacy reason or when required, such as when using a Content Delivery Network or CDN.
Some websites that are available on both www and non-www URL could cause Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and user experience issues. It is advisable to host your website in any one domain and perform redirection on the other.
A few methods are available to configure such redirection, though cPanel users can configure this from the cPanel dashboard.
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.
This applies the redirect to the whole domain.
Enter the domain without www if you're redirecting www traffic to non-www (bare/naked).
This is to exclude already-www traffic to also be redirected
Select Only redirect with www. if you're redirecting www traffic to non-www (bare/naked).
This pass full request path to the target instead of just redirecting to the specified path in Redirects to.
.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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