Perhaps this is a silly question (if so I apologise in advance), but I'm a low-level paper-shifter/part-time Web designer in UK Government and I've designed our Company's site.
Problem is like most Government Depts. trying to do anything involves much liasing with other Depts and much paper-shifting.
We have no Servers or Hosting capability ourselves so this part of the site is handled by (guess what?) another Government dept.
Many months ago I asked them to put a redirect on a number of older URLS for our site which were still being linked to by a large number of other sites.
I was reliably informed this had been done and checked the URLS and all seemed okay.
However I have just recently done a search for our site on AltaVista and the top hit is a subdirectory of the old URL with no re-direct seemingly in existence.
Question is if you put a redirect on a particular URL will it/should it always also include the subdirectories within that URL?
Well - bit of a complex question...
say you have redirected:
That would NORMALLY mean that
would still be there untouched - and unredirected.
However - if you're people did a more complex redirect - then yes - it might ( it would involve setting apache
Essentially - you should tell them that directories in with the file you said is no longer in use shouldn't be used
either - so remove them - and have the 404 error page
redirecting to the new locations without showing an error
through the Apache httpd.conf.
Why don't you contract the site design and development out?
Thanks for your helpful reply Flawless_koder and to answer your question it's all down to money.
BIG difference between capital available to Public Verses Private Sector. so it makes financial sense to do the work inhouse (even at the possible expense of quality)