For a long time I've been planning on writing an entry listing the top ten theoretically answerable questions of my life. The problem is I can never seem to remember all ten at one sitting, so I'll just have to do one per day. Today's question:
What's up with the www?
Yes, I know that it stands for world wide web, but what is it's function in web addresses? Going to www.tvindy.com will take me to the same place as tvindy.com. But tvindy.typepad.com is not the same as www.tvindy.typepad.com, at least not until recently. (In the past, adding the www created a dead link, but now I see that is no longer the case.) A much better example is stylewizard.com vs. www.stylewizard.com. Both addresses are valid but lead to completely unrelated sites, causing great confusion among college students who are trying to access the bibliographic aid but leave out the www. What gives? How can the same domain (stylewizard.com) be simultaneously owned by two separate entities? Just what is the function of www, and what does it do? I personally own a few domains. Does this mean that someone can just swoop in and buy up variants that are identical in every way except for the presence of the www?