A very long time ago…A few people asked me: “Why don’t you have a real website?”
I’m amazed, ask them “what you mean I don’t have?!”
-Well, you don’t have that .com at the end
-Omg… So if I don’t have it my website isn’t real?
Then a few years passed…So the same question came again, but now for other side of a address
-Why don’t you start the address with www as a all real sites???
Here are a few citations from ancient discussions:
I think most people are used to having www. in front of a url. If they even notice it, I think it will confuse them not having that.
I’ve seen some sites that redirect to m.example.com if you’re accessing them from a phone. Do you think people are getting confused by that?
You’re describing a world where everybody expected a website to end in .com, and if not that, then maybe a handful of others. That world is changing; what will people’s expectations be in the future?
The thing is, www prefix was never a requirement. It came about as a convention to very specifically indicate that www.example.com = web server, and ftp.example.com = ftp server, etc.
There’s no real reason to do it, other than convention from the early days. The CNAME restriction is really the only technical gotcha, and this is slowly becoming a non-issue with DNS services like Route 53 that now allow CNAME on roots.
I just find it odd that www is still considered a convention by some. If you’re redirecting the root to www anyway, there is no reason to use www. You may as well use hi.example.com
as your primary domain and just redirect example.com to hi.example.com. www has no intrinsic meaning, it’s just a regular subdomain with DNS records like any other subdomain.
WOW - We have a lot of similarities, I’m so glad
My website doesn’t have many visits
so I don’t need any of that
It’s a simple private site that uses everything that is free