I'd like to set a preferred domain for my website but saving changes is taking too long than the usual. Is there something wrong?

When I reloaded the page, it went back to the default setting. I really want to set the domain for canonicalization purposes.

Please see attached image:

Site Settings > Preferred Domain

  • it might some technical glitch. If you setup proper 301 redirection then you don't need to setup preferred domain in search console. I am not seeing what the URL is but hope it is same domain name (subdomain is fine) not a different domain name. – Goyllo Nov 15 '16 at 7:03
  • Was this a google domain? – Menasheh Nov 22 '16 at 23:28

Thanks for all the inputs. I've recently found out how to resolve the issue.

I added another variation of my website to Google Search Console before going to the settings and selecting the preferred domain. It seems like Google chooses either your www.mywebsite.com or http://mywebsite.com.

In my experience, I only added as property the www.mywebsite.com. When I went to settings to change the preferred domain, the problem occurred.

Then recently, I added the http://mywebsite.com version and checked to see if I can already set the preferred domain.

And, it worked.


I can confirm that the functionality is broken for one of my domains as well. I see the same behavior that you do. When I click on "Display URLs as example.com", a save button appears. When I click "Save" I see the "Saving changes" message that never actually resolves. If I click the "Dismiss" button or refresh the page the setting was not applied.

enter image description here This is clearly a bug in Google Search Console and Google needs to be involved to fix it. The official way to report a bug in Search Console to Google is to post about it in their webmaster help forums: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/webmasters Their community leaders can escalate issues to Google staff to be fixed. I did a quick search and couldn't find that anybody had reported the issue yet. I took the liberty of reporting it there: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/_USyOGeq3_E Hopefully Google will fix the issue soon.

  • Was this a google domain? – Menasheh Nov 22 '16 at 23:28

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