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    SitePoint Enthusiast Alijawaad's Avatar
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    Change of CMS...will it affect my organic traffic?

    I just bought a site from someone...but find the cms very hard to use. I plan to change the whole site to use wordpress(which I find easy) and ill categorise everything in a much more easy way.
    Because some pages which have been indexed by google will obviously go away...will this affect my traffic(the site gets about 1000 uniques from se's)
    so basically...same content...same domain...just new pages

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    Yes!

    I asked this very same question 7 months ago. A site of mine was ranking #1 on many pages of Google and 80% of my traffic was coming from this source. After the change, my google traffic dropped by 60% and now finally, I consider the site just ahead of my 2007 high.

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    WordPress Freelancer banago's Avatar
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    It will effect your traffic for sure. But if you find the existing CMS that much difficult, I think you should change the CMS as soon as possible and give a good start to the new one.
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    If you make 301 redirects so that the pages popular with the SEs go to the pages with the same content in your new CMS you should avoid some of the lost traffic.

    -Tim

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    SitePoint Enthusiast Alijawaad's Avatar
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    Im not that used to wordpress...but its more easier than the rest...
    masm50.... would this plugin below be what I should install?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/...d-permanently/

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    WordPress Freelancer banago's Avatar
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    @Alijawaad: What do you need to know, I am here to help.
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    SitePoint Wizard masm50's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alijawaad View Post
    Im not that used to wordpress...but its more easier than the rest...
    masm50.... would this plugin below be what I should install?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/...d-permanently/
    Not quite.
    You would most likely have to set the 301 redirects by hand. This can be done from your .htaccess file in most Linux based hosting environments.

    To do this within your htaccess for a particular page you would just add the following to your .htaccess file
    Code:
    redirect 301 /old/old.htm http://www.yourdomain.com/new.htm
    To do it for a whole directory you would just add
    Code:
                           redirect 301 /old/ http://www.you.com/new/
    -Tim

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    SitePoint Enthusiast Alijawaad's Avatar
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    Thanks...will try it out...

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    WordPress Freelancer banago's Avatar
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    I will try that out in my blog as I am planing to change the permalinks and I will let you know. Meanwhile, let us know if Tim's solution worked.
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    i think the key points are below

    * urls MUST be same
    * your backlinks must stay
    * you must complete on site seo for your new cms

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalt View Post
    Yes!

    I asked this very same question 7 months ago. A site of mine was ranking #1 on many pages of Google and 80% of my traffic was coming from this source. After the change, my google traffic dropped by 60% and now finally, I consider the site just ahead of my 2007 high.
    Did you set up the 301 directs? I'm very interested in how you handled the CMS change to get such a negative traffic change.


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