I'm setting up a personal web site, but I have no experience in this matter. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
I purchased a domain name through Namecheap.com. I have successfully set up Google Apps on the domain so that people can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and I can access it through Google's interface.
I have also created a simple blog/personal information page using Google Sites, and it is currently accessible at www.mydomainname.com. However, I find that sometimes
the site will not load at all if the "www" prefix is not included. I want to ensure that people will be able to reach the site whether or nor they have included the "www" prefix.
Attached is a screenshot of how I have my domain set up with Namecheap. There is a redirect for @.mydomainname.com
(the @ means blank) to go to www.mydomainname.com. Is this the "best" way of doing this? It's seems rather kludgy. I'm guessing that my website is sometimes inaccessible when Namecheaps redirect is not working for some reason - most of the time it works.
I have tried creating a CNAME for @.mydomain.com
instead of a URL redirect, but Google doesn't allow me to create a web address mapping (see second screenshot) unless it includes a prefix.
Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.