Show 'www' in URL when searching on Google

When I make a search for my website, Google shows my URL without ‘www’. I checked the option ‘Add www’ on ‘Manage Domains’ config but it remains the same.
How can I fix it?

Wellington Gomes

Wait a bit. The Googlebot should pick up the changed URL next time it visits your web site to index it. It may take a few days, but they’ll notice eventually.

Google shows ‘’ link instead of ‘’.
My website is online for more than a year and it stills the same. Also, my website has a good number of visitor each day.
Someone can help?

Wellington Gomes

Both will take your visitor to the same place anyway

the Dreamhost settings can be overriden by your website, so you need to make sure your site matches whatever you want it to be. Is this a wordpress site?

I tend to set DH to remove www. but then I also make sure I add a rule on my .htaccess file to make sure that it truly does what I want. You instead want the www to show always. Once you set that, google will start reflecting the www (after some time). The surest way to do this is to add a redirect rule in your .htaccess file that ALWAYS forces that your site is served with “www”

You’ll need something like this in your .htaccess file

//Rewrite to www
Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^[nc]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [r=301,nc]

And while this is true “Both will take your visitor to the same place anyway” – it isn’t ideal for search engine placement because and could be considered two different sites even though we know they aren’t. Its just a technical thing with filenames and paths.