Canonical URLs - anyone explain ?

  1. Ritsos profile image66
    Ritsosposted 5 years ago

    Doesn't relate to HP so much as my own sites but I believe that this may also have been a change that HP put into place recently ... I've just launched a new site and during one check I discovered that:

    This website can live at or (obviously not the real domain to save you checking)  It's best for your site's visibility to live at just one URL, or web address. You'll want to create a 301 redirect to the URL you choose from the other URL. Learn more ...

    Any thoughts on this ?

    1. daybreak profile image63
      daybreakposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Google webmaster tools has plenty of information on this.

      Basically, it is important to have a strategy and be consistent. In other words, if you wish to use www in the url, always use that practice when referencing pages.

      If you use a cms, there may be multiple urls for the same page, but search engines are pretty good at dealing with that.

      If you so choose, you can direct search engines to index a certain page when several versions exist. Again, all this is explained on webmaster tools.