Quicktip: drop “www” and “.com”

Did you know that in most Mac browsers you don’t need to bother typing the “www” or the “.com” in URLs? For instance, if you’re going to Apple’s site, just type “apple” in the address field and hit return. Your browser will add the rest for you. This even works for other sections within a site, for example, to visit Apple’s support site, just type apple/support. Your browser is smart enough to place the .com before the /.

This, and other surfing tips can be found in this article on Macworld.

5 thoughts on “Quicktip: drop “www” and “.com””

  1. So does firefox :)

    It uses the address bar like “i’m feeling lucky” search. For example, try typing “wiki blogging” to get to wikipedias article about blogging. This is mostly, why i dont use safari.

    Simple :)

  2. I wish I could remember the page, if it’s even still online…
    I was at a friend’s house and he was typing in a URL and I said, “You know, you don’t have to put in the “www” it’ll just go straight to their page. It doesn’t matter.”

    He, already knowing what would happen, went ahead and entered the URL without the “www” or the “.com”, and sure enough, the first page that popped up said, “You must enter the “www” and the “.com”. It does matter.”

    That was about 7 or 8 years ago. I never again assumed that this would “just work”.

  3. Of course this won’t work in a lot of cases where the site doesn’t have a .com address, and it only works for sites who have set up their dns correctly so the non-www address shows the same sites as with the www, because technically they’re different.
    In Firefox things do work because it simply submits a query to Google and redirects to the most likely site.

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