http or www? (4 posts)

  1. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I have noticed that some blogs resolve to http://blogname.whatever and other resolve to http://www.blogname.whatever dependent upon the address placed in the URI wordpress address/blog address field in the options panel. My personal preference is for the latter. However in my default installation both are set to the former. Is it ok to change these to the latter or will doing so affect anything such as RSS syndications for example? BTW pardon my ignorance but why URI instead of URL?

  2. Mark Jaquith
    WordPress Lead Dev
    Posted 11 years ago #

    All URLs are URIs... but not all URIs are URLs.
    There is one good reason why you'd want to use http://site.com as opposed to http://www.site.com:
    There can be issues with the way cookies are set. If your cookie is set as http://www.site.com, the user cannot access it if they go to site.com
    And of course, the www is trite and redundant. What if you have to send mail to user@pop3.site.com?

  3. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks for your response. I get the point about URIs vs. URLs but fail to understand the point you are trying to make about www. Why is it "trite and redundant"?
    What are the issues with cookies? Are you saying that what one places in the URI wordpress address/blog address field determines the address to which the cookie is set? Are you saying that if it's set to http://site.com a user can go to both http://site.com & http://www.site.com? And why on earth would a user want to go to (or would I want a user to go to) http://site.com (I'm presuming you mean http://site.com where you say site.com ?) instead of http://www.site.com....prticularly when the site address I am giving out and that people are linking to is http://www.site.com?
    Also why would anyone be sending email to user@pop3.site.com when any email to my site would be in the form user@site.com?

  4. Mary Linville
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I'm prejudiced against w's.

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