Dropped the ‘www’

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In our ongoing goal to make things as simple and efficient as possible and not only when we’re talking about uptime monitoring, so we’ve dropped the “www” from our website’s address, www.monitive.com. This way, spares you the extra typing and makes it easier to remember. Of course, all links to www.monitive.com still work and get a nice, subtle 301 Permanent Redirect to the new corresponding address, so that no existing links will be broken.

Redirecting all old to the new URLs is easily done by a little help from Apache’s mod_rewrite:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

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

In other words, any request that starts with www.monitive.com, such as www.monitive.com/<some-path-here> will be redirected to http://monitive.com/<some-path-here>.

301 Permanent Redirect is required to tell bots such as Google and browser that the address change is permanent, and that they should update their indexed/stored links with the new ones. Otherwise, Google search result links will still link to, and access the old URLs.

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