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    Redirect old pages on new site

    Hello, does anyone have any advice on redirects when moving a site to a new one but not all the pages are being moved?

    Should the pages that are not being moved get redirected to the homepage? About 150 posts that are not coming along on the new site.

    Or should the URLs be added to a disallow list in the robots.txt file?

    Thank you
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    No, do not redirect the old pages (that are not being moved) to the new homepage. That is going to create a bad user experience because you would be pointing a user to a page that has no relevance to the original page.

    What you can do is to look for a page on that new website that is relevant to the old page; and then redirect that old page to that new one. Note: ONLY if that new page is relevant.

    If there is no relevant web page, then let it go to a 404 page basically telling the user that the page does not anymore exist. This way, you are being transparent and not misleading the user. Make sure you design your 404 page so that the user can easily access other parts of your new website (i.e. links). You can even have a 'Search' feature so that the user can search your new website for resources relevant to what he is looking for (since the page he was originally looking for does not anymore exist).

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    • DaveOzric agrees : Makes sense
    Last edited by Sandy2012; Jun 9th, 2018 at 11:01 PM.

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