Question redirects to www then to back non-www

When I go to, my website instantaneously goes to (I can’t tell if there is a / at the end of the url, because it happens so fast) and then it goes back to

The website does not redirect when I simply go to (with the / at the end).

I followed redirect www to non-www digitalocean guide but it is frustrating that my website goes from non-www to www then back again only for this instance.

Can anyone offer any advice as to how to make my website not do this behavior?

Thank you


Hi Brook, I am confused as to what you mean by following these instructions. I have a folder at the link that I am sending. How do I make it so that my website doesn’t redirect from a folder (without slash) to www then to non-www with a slash?

If my a user forgets a slash at the end shouldn’t the website automatically add one, without having to go to www then back to non-www?

So, the issue as it stands is that is the trailing slash not being included means apache looks for a file, and not a folder - when it finds the folder, it returns the content with the trailing slash, indicating a folder. I’d recommend either having a folder at the link you’re sending, or including the trailing slash in links as per this documentation

I really appreciate the help in advance – and thanks for enabling my comment above!

My first blush is that it’s related to the rewrite regex - and that there’s a case with the trailing / being there or not that is causing this. I’ll investigate and get back to you.

Hey Brook, I appreciate you helping me with this. I am running Apache. Can you point me to the config for the information that you need?

For domain record settings, i have an entry of @ pointing to my server ip address and an entry of www pointing to my server ip address

Here is what is in this file: sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/kensch.conf

<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName ServerAlias ServerAdmin DocumentRoot /var/www/ ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined </VirtualHost>

<Directory /var/www/> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny allow from all </Directory>

Here is my …/www/ file

RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.(.)$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

Hi Ken,

What web server software are you using to host your site? What does the config for your site look like?

Also let me mention my website is

please try to go to and watch it go to www and back to non-www. It’s really annoying. (with the slash at the end) works fine.

Just an update for clarity:

current situation

  1. User enters
  2. automatically redirects to (or /folder/? can’t tell, it happens too quick)
  3. instantaneously redirects to

desired situation

  1. User enters
  2. just goes to or

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