What is better, a trailling Slash at the end of my Domain or not? (doppelt)

Technically speaking the version http://www.domain.de does not exist. The reason for this is that each request must always be specified in a path. The shortest possible path is indicated between two „slashes“(/). Therefore, the shortest possible path of a domain is „http://www.domain.de/ (same goes for https).

Therefore, Google evaluates the URL http://www.domain.de as it would have a trailing slash http://www.domain.de/. This is a special case and can only be used in case of the homepage URL of a domain and can not be transferred to other directories.

Optimally, the URL http://www.domain.de/ is indexable and is canonicalized by the homepage URL without the backlash http://www.domain.de. If you are using both versions of homepage URL, one with and one without backslash, and one page is indexable, google will treat both versions as one and will index your homepage URL. 

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    Manthan Bhavsar

    Hello Jerome, First of all, thanks for your awesome post...! I have a little bit confused between with slash (/) or without slash (/) at the end of the domain name. In search console, I show my website domain in a different way. Is it beneficial for me or not?  

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    Anna Meierl

    Hi Manthan,

    thank you for your comment. 

    Making sure that a site without slash will be redirected to the same version with a slash is known as the best practice as of now. That´s why we recommend this method too. 

    However, that does not mean that you cannot be successful with your domain if you do not follow the best practice.


    If you want to work on your redirects, please check out the following blog article. This might be helpful for you.

    https://en.ryte.com/magazine/the-xxl-redirect-guide-proper-use-of-redirects. :) 


    Anna from Ryte

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