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My website isn't appearing as a www. website but a http one. How do I change it?

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My website http://thetreeexpert.org/ is not showing up as www.thetreeexpert.org which I think looks better on google search results. I remember when I first registered with google plus, I chose to use the http:// version. I now cannot for the life of me work out how to change it to www.thetreeexpert.org

Can anyone help please

 

Thank you very much

Sam

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Hi Sam
are you asking about a how the website shows on genuine Google Search or anbout your GoogleMyBusinessListing and how your website looks then?

I suppose yoy refer to the GoogleMyBusinessListing named this way: "TheTreeExpert.org" and located at 2nd Floor,, 8 Sherman Rd, Bromley, Kent BR1 3JH, United Kingdom
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Thanks Helmut,
I am referring to how it shows up in Google search.

When I first registered with Google business, Google asked me how I would like to come up in the Google searche, either with www. or without. I chose at that time to go without www. and now I cannot work out how to now change it back to www.thetreexpert.org in the google searches.

I hope that makes sense.

Thanks
Sam
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It sounds as if you're referring to the organic results, rather than Google My Business, and as such, it's probably best to post in the Webmaster Central Help Forum. Currently, www.thetreeexpert.org is 301 redirected to thetreeexpert.org and the URI is canonicalized to the non-www version. If you really want to ensure that www appears in front, then you will need to switch them around as it were, in other words, make the www version the canonical URI, and redirect the non-www to the www version. Once you do that, in due course, Google search will pick up on that change and will show the www version in the search results.

 

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Thanks @wasaweb

 

for chiming in and your insight.

Appreciate it

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That is exactly it wasaweb. Thank you very much. Do you have any ideas of where I can make that change?

Many thanks
Sam

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It looks like your site is on WordPress: I don't use WP so I really don't know, but I think you'd be able to change it in the settings? When you do make the changes, make sure that everything is done correctly, so you don't for example have infinite redirect loops or wrong canonical URIs.

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Thanks, I don't think I used wordpress to decide how it would show up. I'm pretty sure I chose when I registered the website on Google. I'm sure it asked me how I would like to be seen when searched for.

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Do you mean on your Search Console (as mentioned at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/44231)? If you state on your Search Console that your preferred URI is the www version, but when Googlebot visits your site, it is redirected to the non-www version and it's told on the page that the non-www is the canonical address: that's sending a conflicting message. I'm not exactly sure what happens in this instance, but I believe it'd be something you wish to avoid. As mentioned earlier, it's best to post in the Webmaster Central Help Forum. The experts in that forum will be able to assist you further.

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Thank you so much for helping wasaweb. That is perfect.