Google Chrome Kills Off WWW In URLs — Here’s Why People Think It’s A Dumb Move


Apart from the revamped UI design and a new password manager, Google has brought tons of changes in the latest Google Chrome 69 update.

However, there is one subtle tweak that people are not able to digest — disturbing the URL scheme via clipping www from the address bar. In other words, will now show as in the Chrome address bar.

While Google thinks www. or m. were “trivial subdomain,” people have strongly criticized Google over the Chromium blog thread. Some calling it a “dumb move,” others stating it another case of “stating opinion as a fact.”

Apart from that, people have also pointed out several instances where two sites with similar URL scheme can cause confusion as well as open door to phishing attacks

For instance, m.tumblr and Tumblr are two different sites. However, they appear exactly the same in the URL box. Other than that, some users found inconsistency over the feature implementation like https://www.www.2ld.tld, where www is hidden twice.

This is not the first time Chrome has been criticized over its URL-related decision. Back in 2015, many Chrome users scrutinized Google for the newly AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) which hides the original URL and makes it difficult to go back to the original website.

After the Chrome 69 update, Adrienne Porter Felt (Chrome’s engineering manager) said to Wired: “I don’t think URLs are working as a good way to convey site identity. So we want to move toward a place where web identity is understandable by everyone.”

As for users who still feel www is still relevant, they can get back to the older view by changing Google Flag settings. (chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-scheme-and-subdomains).

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Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet owns an iPhone but his love for Android customization lives on. If you ever ask him to choose between an iPhone, Pixel or Xiaomi; better if you don't.
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