+1 to what Cartroo says. A catch-all redirect (so that when people go to
http://yourdomain.com/something they are redirected to
http://www.yourdomain.com/something) is definitely the best solution, for two reasons:
- You can only point the "naked"
yourdomain.com domain to a fixed IP address. This makes it harder for us to load-balance your site by by moving it from machine to machine.
- If you have two sites with the same content,
www.yourdomain.com, then when people link to you they can use either one. This means that you could wind up with 50% of your incoming links going to the naked domain, and 50% to the
www one. This in turn means that half of the pagerank Google-juice will wind up associated with one version of the site, and half with the other -- so you'll wind up further down the search results than you would if it was all concentrated on one of them. (I've also heard, but can't confirm, that because Google try to spot sites that just duplicate other ones for spamming purposes, having your site apparently available in two places can reduce the pagerank even further, so you wind up with less than half the pagerank you would otherwise get)
If you'd like us to help with setting up a redirect, drop us a line here on the forums or privately via the "Send feedback" link letting us know who your registrar is and we'll see if we can find out how to do it.