[thelist] www prefix is it necessary?

Bruce McIntyre bmcintyre at issgroup.net
Mon Jan 24 15:51:37 CST 2005

It depends on the browser...

Some browsers will try the URL you put in.  If not found, it will try
again prepending "www."  Makes two DNS calls.

Bruce A. McIntyre
ISS Group (http://www.issgroup.net)
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[mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Paul Bennett
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Subject: Re: [thelist] www prefix is it necessary?

my experience tells me that sites will not always work without the www.
It's obviously some shonky dns thing (feel free to chime-in w exact 
technical details here) but I have visited several sites where trying 
the url without the www gets me a 'site not found' message.

my 2c anyway....

Rich Points wrote:

> Howdy,
> I try to avoid using the www prefix when witting and talking about 
> URL's.  As far as I know all urls will work without the www.
> My question is why is this prefix used if it's not necessary?
> R

Paul Bennett
Web Technologies Developer
Eyede International Limited
Level 1, 5 Bouverie Street
PO Box 31 012
Lower Hutt
Phone     +64 4 939 8764
Fax      +64 4 939 6719


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