.htaccess – Force www redirect

I recently found that having domain.com and http://www.domain.com on your website would affect SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It’s recommended to use either. So I chose the latter. This can be easily done by having a .htaccess rule on your root directory.

# Force www redirect #
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

301 is the HTTP status code for a Permanent Redirect which doesn’t affect the SEO ratings.

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