Last year, while helping my offline counterparts tackle the presentation our website in physical media, a horrible truth became evident: the fabric of time and space are filled with wwwaste. Sure, the universe is observed to be expanding, but here in our tiny blue dot, things are growing more and more cramped. I think this is also true of our brains – most importantly, our customer’s brains. Why fill it with three seemingly unnecessary characters (four actually)?
Worst of all, “www” seems to be so infused into our online psyche that I’m constantly annoyed by websites which don’t exist without them. By that I mean, typing in the domain without the dubyas leads to the online equivalent of Alderaan, post-Deathstar. You know the site should be there, but it just… isn’t. Inside me, millions of voices suddenly cry out in terror.
Most sites resolve to the fully dubyad version if entered without, but I still don’t see why it’s not the other way around. Why not just drop them?
Maybe I’m missing something that technical administrators are waiting to pull out of their encyclopedia-like brains to make me eat my own words. And to be clear, I’m not arguing to get rid of “ftp.” or “m.” and the like.
“There is no technical reason for a website’s name to start with “www”; indeed, the first Web server was at info.cern.ch. The “www” prefix comes from a common convention predating the Web, where an organization’s Internet servers are assigned hostnames corresponding to the protocol they serve.”
So, c’mon everyone: Let’s drop “www” already. What do you think?