I'm confused about canonical issue. I've setup in .htaccess to redirect the URLs without www to www.

Now the URLs in this link in http://www.example.com/sitemap are all without www. Is this going to affect anything?

Will http://www.example.com and http://indiacustomercare.com be considered same or different?

1 Answer 1


If you'd properly set redirect 301 from .htaccess, robots will know your preferred URL starts with www and they will index it using www because redirect 301 indicates no-www is removed permanently. Additionaly You can tell Googlebot www is your preferred URL, login into Google Webmaster Tools go to Site configuration -> settings and select Display URLs as www.example.com

If you are going to use absolute URLs in your internal links it will be better to be consistent with your preferred domain. If you don't want to bother about inserting http://www.example.com/ in your links' href then don't include protocol and domain there, just set your links as href="/folder/page.ext". In this way the links will be appended to your domain and bots will see them as http://www.example.com/folder/page.ext

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.