Google Search Console drops preferred domain setting!

Updated on October 3, 2019 in Google
5 on July 20, 2019

Bye Bye Preferred Domain setting on GSC!

Did anyone know about this news? Google has announced this is no longer supporting to the preferred domain setting!

Now What we want to do?

Now we can communicate with Google-like the below things, which means, Google said we can use the following methods or read this help document to help Google determine our canonical domain.(1) Use rel=”canonical” link tag on HTML pages
(2) Use rel=”canonical” HTTP header
(3) Use a sitemap
(4) Use 301 redirects for retired URLs

For more details: Visit here.

 
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2 on July 20, 2019

Yes, you are right #Nigetha. Hereafter we can’t set the preferred domain. So in future, we need to add the rel=”canonical” code. 

Earlier I thought this matter. Because in the new GSC version doesn’t have that option.

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on July 20, 2019

Yes , but we have other options to solve the problem. we can easily add the canonical tag and add the 301 redirections to avoid the duplicate contents.

Member
on July 20, 2019

exactly

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0 on August 20, 2019

Now we could see the difference while I’m searching. which means, Recently Google Search Console drops preferred domain setting! but we can add the canonical tag to avoid the duplicate content issues, after this update, the full version of domain (URL – https:/www.abcd.com/) worked, but Today I unable to see the www version of domain while I’m browsing any URLs. It seems, the www version has removed but if you can add the redirection code via .htaccess, we can see the full version of the domain, if you want to check that, please click on the URL again or copy the URL. then you can see the full version.

So, the difference is showing in Chrome

Note: they did remove the option of setting up a preferred version between www and non-www.  That option was in the Old Search Console.  It was determined that it is no longer needed.  As long as your redirects are set up properly, you don’t need that option.  

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0 on October 3, 2019

Google Search Console adds Change of Address tool to new interface. Which means, Here is a screenshot of the new look for the Change of Address tool. You can access it under “Settings” in the new Search Console.

 

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