Chrome stops showing “www”-prefix in URI

Mattias Geniar, Friday, September 7, 2018

Almost 10 years ago I ranted about removing the WWW prefix from your sites. Today, Chrome is starting to push that a bit more.

Here's what a www site looks like now (example:

But in reality, it's actually that has been loaded, with the www-prefix.

Since it's no longer shown in the most popular browser, why not drop the www-prefix altogether?

As a webdeveloper or web agency, how many times will you have to explain what's going on here?

(Hat tip to @sebdedeyne, who showed this behaviour)

Hi! My name is Mattias Geniar. I'm a Support Manager at Nucleus Hosting in Belgium, a general web geek & public speaker. Currently working on DNS Spy & Oh Dear!. Follow me on Twitter as @mattiasgeniar.

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Ds Friday, September 7, 2018 at 13:47 - Reply

Enter into the address bar:

It shortens it:

I think Google Chrome has still some work to do on this feature

Erorus Friday, September 7, 2018 at 16:14 - Reply

RFC 1033 still prohibits the apex domain from using CNAME records. Sure, there are workarounds in different services to emulate CNAME functionality, but as it stands, the apex must point to an IP, and that puts it at a disadvantage compared to subdomains.

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