The Website hosting means that a website is physically located on the server.
For the website hosting type you can specify:
- Document root. The location of the directory where all files and subdirectories of the site will be kept. You can use the default directory
httpdocsor specify another directory.
- Preferred domain. Typically, any website is available on two URLs: with the www prefix (like in
www.example.com)and without it (like in
example.com). We recommend that you always redirect visitors to one of these URLs (typically to the non-www version). For example, after you set the Preferred domain to the non-www version (
example.com), site visitors will be redirected to this URL even if they specify
www.example.comin their browsers.
Plesk uses the search engine friendly HTTP 301 code for such a redirection. This allows preserving search engine rankings of your site (preferred domain). If you turn off the redirection by choosing None, search engines will treat both URL versions (www and non-www) as URLs of different sites. As a result, rankings will be split between these URLs.