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How to Redirect Magento to Open to www

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For SEO and usability purposes you may want to redirect your visitors to open your site only through http://www.yourdomain.com.

Some applications, including Magento, however, require additional modifications to make this redirection work properly.


First, you should open the .
htaccess file in the Magento folder. In it locate the "RewriteEngine on" line and right after it add the following lines:

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


Once you do this, save the .
htaccess file and log in to the administrative end of Magento.

Then go to the
System > Configuration menu and from the left panel click the "Web" button.

Unfold the "Unsecured" set of options and change the "Base URL" option from http://yourdomain.com to http://www.yourdomain.com.

Save the changes and your Magento website will be running with
www.yourdomain.com only!

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