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    Question Question about 301 redirect to new website


    I'm in the process of creating a new version of our website. The situation is that while we are keeping the same domain name, we're going to put the new website on a new server (with a different host company). Thus, as soon as the new website is uploaded, I'm going to point the current domain to the new nameservers.

    Now, I've been reading a bit about 301 redirects but I'm not sure if I need to use them. Almost all the articles that I've read were specifically talking about using 301 redirects when transferring to a new domain name, but this isn't the case for us; we're using the same domain name.

    However, the new website has a completely different url structure. Almost every page has a different name, aside from the about us and contact us page.

    So, I'm not sure whether I need to use 301 redirects or not from the old website urls.

    And if I do go ahead and do the 301 redirects, am I supposed to do them on the old website pages on the old SERVER (which our domain name is no longer pointed to)? Or do I have to transfer all of the old pages to the new server and redirect them from there?

    Any help is deeply appreciated.
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    if the urls are all the same then you should be fine

    if not then you need to change the old urls to the new ones


    other than that you should be fine
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    Thanks for the reply, but it kind of seems like you didn't really read my post because I clearly stated that almost every single url will be different.

    The question I was most concerned about was about which server pages I need to do the 301's on.
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    basically ALL the pages on the new server

    htacess will be on the new server
    google crawls will be on the new server not the old


    Originally Posted by Decoy
    Thanks for the reply, but it kind of seems like you didn't really read my post because I clearly stated that almost every single url will be different.

    The question I was most concerned about was about which server pages I need to do the 301's on.
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    Thanks for the reply.

    So, as far as the old server goes, is there any reason at all to continue paying to keep it up?

    Or does it not matter, as long as I transfer the old html files to the new server and set them up to 301 redirect to the new pages?
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    once you put it on your new server and everything is done then you dont need your old server at all

    google follows the domain....not the server

    doesnt matter where it's hosted

    old url is

    domain.com/old.html

    google has this link indexed

    next time google visits they will see the htacess file and see in the file that you have

    domain.com/old.html pointing to
    domain.com/new.html

    basically...google will revisit through an old backlink with the old url...and it will 301 redirect them to the new url


    after your site is complete i would submit your xml sitemap to google

    either way...google is very good in changing urls...if you do it right in the htacess file

    Originally Posted by Decoy
    Thanks for the reply.

    So, as far as the old server goes, is there any reason at all to continue paying to keep it up?

    Or does it not matter, as long as I transfer the old html files to the new server and set them up to 301 redirect to the new pages?
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    Much appreciated, sir.
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    I would use a 302 for no more than 30 days and then switch to a 301. In my experience, the 302 will give you a big traffic boost for a period of time, after roughly 30 days Google will ignore it and your traffic will drop like a rock.

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