I just purchase a domain name from GoDaddy and when going to the website it is only example.com and not www.example.com or http://example.com.

Why is this? I have not been able to find any examples of this while doing some searching.

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http is a protocol, it's always present on a full URI. It can be replaced by other protocols such as FTP or HTTPS.

the www. is a subdomain. This is part of a fully qualified domain name.

If you're looking to implement a subdomain, then your server needs to reply to the request and you need to set it as valid in your DNS.

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    "http is a protocol, it's always present on a full URI" -- Except that most browsers now hide it in the URL bar. Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 17:20

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