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How to Redirect WWW Version to Non-WWW Version of Your Website

If you’re trying to deal with URLs on your website redirecting to the incorrect variations, you may have to redirect the WWW version of your website to the non-WWW version of your site (if that’s the primary URL of your site) or vice versa. Luckily, besides all the cool behind-the-scenes improvements in Rank Math, it also makes it extremely easy to fix the dreaded “redirection of non-www to www version” in no more than a few minutes…

In this knowledgebase article, we’ll walk you through how to redirect the www version to the non-www version of your website.

How to Redirect www Version to Non-www Verison in Rank Math

To redirect your pages to non-www URLs, you’ll need to apply the change at the full-site level. The redirect helps you avoid page duplication and poor user experience. To redirect www to the non-www version, you’ll need to enter a piece of code in the .htaccess file.

1 Edit .htaccess File

Rank Math lets you edit your website’s .htaccess file inside the WordPress dashboard. To edit the file, navigate to the WordPress Dashboard → Rank Math SEO → General Settings → Edit .htacess as shown below:

Edit .htacess

2 Add the Redirection Rule

 To add a redirection rule to your .htaccess file, click the check box below the warning and add the code snippet after #END WordPress.

Add the redirection rule

Add the following code snippet and click on Save Changes.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} www.example.com
RewriteRule (.*) https://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

If the issue still persists, then try the following code snippet instead:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.website.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://website.com/$1 [L,R=301]

You can use the htaccess tester tool to debug and ensure that the rewrites are correct before adding them to the .htaccess file.

And that’s it! You have successfully enabled a .htaccess rule that will redirect all visitors from a www version to the non-www version of your website! If you still have any questions about how to redirect the www version to the non-www version of your website – you’re always more than welcome to contact our dedicated support team. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year…

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