How to Add www. – or Remove www. – From Your URL

This has been done many times by others, but just a quick tip on how to add or remove www. from your website’s address. This is helpful for URL canonicalization and user experience consistency. You can also achieve SEO-friendly canonicalization using rel="canonical". Oh boy, I’m getting too technical 🙂

Here’s the juicy part:

Add the following to the .htaccess file in your website’s root folder (often named public_html or www). If there’s not a file named .htaccess, you may create it. If you are creating the .htaccess file, set the permissions to 644. For security reasons, you don’t want others to be able to write to this file. Continue reading “How to Add www. – or Remove www. – From Your URL”

SEO & Switching Domains

Goodbye old friend. Hello shiny new domain!

Recently I moved my company’s domain from KatzWebDesign.net to KatzWebServices.com to reflect the change of the business name (over one year ago) from Katz Web Design to Katz Web Services, Inc., to reflect the in company services offerings, and to have a .com domain.

This is a simple switch, not re-launching a new website — just moving the same site from one domain to the next. Here’s how I approached the switch, and it’s a solid method to use for any domain switch: Continue reading “SEO & Switching Domains”

How I got my domain name back from cyber squatters

ZackKatz.com was Zack Katz's music website
I was given the domain zackkatz.com for my 17th birthday by my mom. It turns out, it was a good gift 🙂 I used it as a blog, music promotional area, and art gallery. I owned the domain (and let it stagnate) until around 2006, when I wanted to switch hosts. I waited for my domain to expire so that I could transfer it to another host (I was lazy!).  Well, it was registered out from under me, and I lost my domain.

The following is a brief summary of how I got my domain back: Continue reading “How I got my domain name back from cyber squatters”