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Author:  robinston [ Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:05 pm ]
Post subject:  http://sitename.com VS http://www.sitename.com

hope i'm in the right place to ask this question. i'm trying to keep it simple and to the point.

Isn't http://myname.idohost.com different than
http://www.myname.idohost.com ("myname" is subdomain name)


it's the www after the http:// i'm asking about. Normally other websites have the www. My hosting here only has the http:// with no www.

doesn't that mean i'm really running around in servers (kinda like a backbone)-- with no real connection to the internet? Colleges and other businesses use the http:// w/o the www to get access to local servers but are not on the world-wide-web.

AOL does the same thing. People think they log on but every channel they go to is on AOL servers. AOL users have to purposely get onto the internet and use a www url address.

I believe I'm running around in servers on 100webspace and don't have actual access to the www (world-wide-web). Even when I use my internet browser to see my web pages I think I'm just reading pages off a back-bone type connection and i'm in 100webspace servers.

how do i get onto the world-wide-web with your hosting? Thanks, Robinston

Author:  rm249 [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:22 am ]
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in domain names there are two main types of domains, domains and subdomains:

Example:
http://www.100webspace.com/ - Domain name
|----- http://forum.100webspace.com/ - Subdomain under the 100webspace.com domain
|----- http://support.100webspace.com/ - Subdomain under the 100webspace.com domain

now does this make sense?

Your web site is already connected to the internet, it can be viewed anywhere in the world, its just a subdomain of your server. (farvista.net, webpal.info, etc..)

Author:  robinston [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:23 pm ]
Post subject:  the www in the url

thanks for an answer.

its the www in the url i'm asking about. how come some addresses have the www and others only have the http://

www to me means the world-wide-web
Robinston

Author:  Oliver [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:35 pm ]
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the http:// defines the protocol. It tells the browser to use HTTP to connect (instead of FTP for example). However browsers use HTTP by default anyway so no matter whether you type the http:// infront the domain/subdomain name it will bring you to the right place. As to the www - this is usually the default subdomain of your domain. So if you have somedomain.com you can access your site at: http://somedomain.com ; http://www.somedomain.com ; www.somedomain.com or even somedomain.com. If you use a free subdomain like username.farvista.net then you would be able to access your site at http://username.farvista.net and username.farvista.net but not at http://www.username.farvista.net or www.username.farvista.net because the www would be a subdomain of the subdomain username.farvista.net and our system does not allow this.

I hope this was helpful, although it is quite difficult to understand actually.

Author:  rm249 [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:18 pm ]
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verry well explained Oliver :D

Author:  nainfou [ Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:24 pm ]
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Hence, the www part of the address is there to make the address more readable to humans and not machines.

The idea is that when you pay for a domain (mydomain.com) you might want to have a web site AND, say, a chat server. You can't have both type of clients (web browser and irc-chatter) pointing at exactly the same address, so you start using subdomains. And since you need to name them something, well www.mydomain.com and chat.mydomain.com (or irc.mydomain.com or whatever, really) makes sense.

Hope that makes sense :D

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