Support » Requests and Feedback » Canonical URLs shouldn’t be default – it breaks too many things

  • The new canonical URL “feature” sure does break
    a LOT of things. It breaks any site which uses
    cookies, for example, since cookies for http://www.site.com
    won’t be sent back to site.com. It breaks PHP
    sessions for the same reason. It breaks stadard
    basic authentication, as a browser which has saved
    the password for http://www.site.com won’t send it to
    site.com or vice versa. I could go on, but I think
    you get the point. In my opinion this should definitely
    not be the default setting. Generally, anyone who comes
    to us with WordPress problems, 80% of the time
    the problem traces back to this canonical URL
    misfeature. As an optional feature or plugin, fine,
    but the default setting shouldn’t be one that breaks
    so many things on so many sites in ways that are hard
    for the typical webmaster to diagnose.

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