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I'm hosting my website on Google App Engine and my domain name on GoDaddy.

Google App Engine does not allow you to have naked URLs. So it doesn't allow you to have example.com but does allow you to have www.example.com.

I can easily enable forwarding in GoDaddy to forward exmample.com to www.example.com however it does not keep the relative URL path.

For example I would like for example.com/images/3.jpg to be forwarded to www.example.com/images/3.jpg and not just www.example.com.

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GoDaddy's forwarding feature does preserve paths. I have a .org domain registered with GoDaddy and forwarded to the corresponding .com domain. Paths are preserved.

I use the following forwarding options:

  • Redirect type: 301 permanent
  • Forward settings: forward only
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I think I recall this being a problem in the past, but working now, providing you don't select "Forward with Masking". –  dan Nov 23 '13 at 0:40

Why don't you just use .htaccess?

Create a text file and copy and paste the following inside:

# Force 'non-www' to 'www'
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^YOURDOMAIN.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.YOURDOMAIN.com/$1 [L,R=301] 
  1. rename it to ".htaccess"
  2. upload it to your public_html folder where index.php is located
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The hosting is on Google App engine, which doesn't have the concept of a public_html folder. –  paulmorriss Dec 16 '11 at 15:18

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