esp32 wifi client connect problem

I’m having a problem whereby I cant get client to connect when using URL. It works fine when I connect to a local server using IP address but when I change to remote server via URL it wont connect. I have ported from a program using mega with esp8266 which works fine with remote servers but that is a different library.

I have put a force dns into the mix because I thought that was the problem in WiFi.h but it made no difference.

any pointers or suggestions would be well appreciated.

#include <WiFi.h> 			
									
//  ****************************************************
//  network connection parameters
//  ****************************************************
const char* ssid     = "****";					              		// ver espmon3
const char* password = "****";						              		// ver espmon3
//const char* host = "192.168.11.59";							              	// ver espmon3
const int httpPort = 80;	        									            // ver espmon3
const char* host = "www/vitalstates.org";									    // ver espmon7

// ********************************************
// from the mast transmitter
// ********************************************
short station_id;                                               // station identifier
int humidity;                                                   // processed humidity value
int direct;                                                     // wind direction degrees of 16th segment
int interval;
float wind;                                                     // processed wind speed

WiFiClient client;

// *************************************************************************************
void init_wifi()
{
      
    WiFi.begin(ssid, password);                               // ver espmon2

    while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) 
    {
        delay(500);
        Serial.print(".");
    }
    
// force the dns

  WiFi.config(WiFi.localIP(), WiFi.gatewayIP(), WiFi.subnetMask(), IPAddress(8,8,8,8)); 

}

// ************************************************************************************
void setup() 
{

  Serial.begin(19200);
  Serial.println();
   
 	station_id = 1234;
	interval = 2;
 	direct = 5;
 	wind = 6.5;
   
	init_wifi();

}
//
//	**********************************************************************************
//
void loop()
{
  
upload_packet();
delay(5000);
}


void upload_packet()
{

String msg;

 if (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {init_wifi();}

    if (!client.connect(host, httpPort)) 
	  {
        Serial.println("upload connection failed");
        return;
    }
	msg = "/weather/weatherupload.php?";

    msg = msg+"id=";
    msg = msg+station_id;
    msg = msg+"&gap=";
    msg = msg+interval;
    msg = msg+"&direct=";
    msg = msg+direct;
    msg = msg+"&wind=";
    msg = msg+wind;
 	
    client.print(String("GET ") + msg + " HTTP/1.1\r\n" +
                 "Host: " + host + "\r\n" +
                 "Connection: close\r\n\r\n");							// send message

Serial.println("upload ok");

}

There is a slash / after www in your URL? That isn’t going to resolve. Presumably it should be www.vitalstates.org ?

Many thanks BitSeeker. I'm going to sit in the corner now and think about upping my game. I guess the more you stare at something the less you see.

thanks again.

N.p. Been there. Done it myself. Tired eyes can sometimes miss things. You would have no doubt spotted it yourself at some point.