I am about to install Wordpress and I want to know if I have to redirect let's say url server.com to www.server.com if I want to have only one Wordpress installation.

I want users to be able to use both www.server.com and server.com It would be nice if the typed url won't change (from server.com to www.server.com) but it is not necessary.

  • WordPress does that redirection for you, if you have both the www and no-www going to the same site.
    – Otto
    Aug 18, 2012 at 14:06
  • @Otto: so I don't have to do anything? Nothing what is suggested in both answers?
    – Radek
    Aug 18, 2012 at 23:16
  • Yes, you probably don't have to do anything at all. I suggest trying it and seeing if its working properly before trying to fix a non-existent problem. :)
    – Otto
    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:32

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This is something you can do with your DNS / Domain Name Host.

You choose in WordPress (WP-Admin > Settings > General ) if you want to use www.somename.com or just somename.com

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If you login in to your Domain Name Host (I use 123-reg) then look for Manage DNS CNAME / A / TXT records

You can see on this screen I have an @ and www A Record which are both pointing to the same Destination IP Address.

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The @ and the www A records are your www.somename.com or just somename.com


Great answer by Damien.

If you were using a theme like Thesis, and some other themes also have this capability, you would be able to choose easily between the canonical url of www.yourdomain.com or http://yourdomain.com on the theme options.

  • This is incorrect, the canonical URL is a function of the WordPress core, it has nothing to do with what theme you are running.
    – Otto
    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:33

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