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Force WWW in a URL


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Congratulations, you did it! You’ve made yourself a website! Your dreams of creating a site all about hand-turkeys has come to fruition and it’s finally live. However, you can’t enjoy the launch as the irksome URL is pushing your obsessive compulsive buttons. As it stands, people can either go to http://www.handturkey.com, or just http://handturkey.com. You need clarity of bird-fingered vision. You also know that the Google sees those as two separate sites with duplicate content. This angers the Google. This makes the Google think you are a plagiary. You are most certainly not.

You can right this wrong by rewriting it. That is, you can rewrite the URL using a .htaccess file on your server as long as you are running Apache (there is also a Windows IIS module that emulates this). You decide you want to force everyone to use www.handturkey.com because it’s more professional. You create a file named .htaccess into the root of handturkey.com. Within this file you place the following:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.handturkey.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.handturkey.com/$1 [R=301]

Et voila! Visitors are now forced to www if they don’t type it in. Google sees this and recognizes that both these sites are the same. It apologizes for insinuating you were a thief. It had a rough week and it totally took it out on you. You and Google bury the hatchet, and handturkey.com sells for a quarter of a billion dollars to a Dutch conglomerate.

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Relative vs. Absolute Addresses


This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Web Coding For People Who Are Tired of Being Called Dummies (click to view in order)

The difference between relative and absolute addresses can be explained using actual addresses. Consider the following addressing methods:

Absolute Address: 221B Baker St. London, England
Relative Address: 4 Blocks North, 3 Blocks East, Last House on the Right

As you can see, the relative address is relative to where you are. If you move, the directions become incorrect. Whereas the absolute address is always correct. Ok, but how does this apply to websites?

Websites, like your files at home, are organized into folders. When you access a url like this:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/about.html

You are accessing the file about.html in the folder en which is in the folder intl which is in the so-called root of the webserver. The url above is an absolute url. It is the full address of the file. If you look at the code for this page, (we’ll talk about how to do that later) you will see links like this:

<a href="contact/index.html">Contact Us</a>

So if about.html contains this relative link, then the link is pointing at the file index.html in the folder contact which is in the same folder as about.html. If we were to convert this link into an absolute address it would look like this:

<a href="http://www.google.com/intl/en/contact/index.html">Contact Us</a>

They both resolve to the same place, except one uses a full address, and one uses directions on how to get there.

One more thing before we wrap up addressing. When you point a browser at a folder instead of a file, you will be given the default file for that folder. Generally, that file is index.html. So using the link above as an example, if you access this url:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/contact/

The server will give you the index.html inside it be default. Next up, we will make a real live website.

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