Entering a URL without typing "www"


#1

Hey all.

Not too long ago I registered with Dreamhost so that my blog could have its own custom URL, transferring it from “www.retrogameon.blogspot.com” to “www.retrogameon.com”.
Using this this excellent tutorial, I managed to do so, but if I just type in “retrogameon.com”, I get a 404. A lot of people (including myself) very rarely actually type in the “www”, and I’m worried that people aren’t and getting a 404, and then not bothering to try again losing hits to my blog. Here is a short article I found articulating the point if I haven’t been clear enough.

I sent a support ticket to Dreamhost support about a week ago, and they basically told me it was Google’s problem, not their’s. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t understand this since it’s Dreamhost’s URL, not Google’s. If I type in “retrogameon.blogspot.com” it redirects no problem to “www.retrogameon.com”.

Cheers.


#2

In this case dreamhost isn’t actually serving your blog, google still is. Dreamhost just provides the DNS.

To solve your problem, there is a box in your blogger settings to check… See http://www.bloglution.com/2013/08/custom-domain-not-working-without-www.html


#3

Holy cow! Thanks! I can’t believe it was only one checkbox!