Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Domain Name Service (DNS) (*)

Q. Should my website use www in its name?

Yes, we believe so.

Using URLs with bare domains (like creates several problems, and we strongly recommend that you avoid it for anything other than redirecting to the real website (like

Some of the limitations are:

Despite the drawbacks, this is something that visitors to your site expect to work, and we know that.

The best compromise is to redirect visitors from to your alias. To do that, add both and as aliases to your site and (unless you are using WordPress) enable canonical name redirection. If you are using WordPress, it will manage your hostnames automatically, and you should leave canonical name redirection off (the default).

There are, of course, exceptions; this is more of a guideline than an actual rule. It may make sense to forego the www for a business website if the website is the business. Sites with very short names are also perpetually trendy, and knocking "www." off the front in service of shortness is one way to chase that trend.

If you're sure you're an exception, apply these recommendations in reverse to direct visitors from to