I have decided to move away from my current web designer and host and go with Word Press and a completely new web host.
I am going to use a new brand specific domain name (my company name) instead of my current keyword domain. I want to work on brand recognition and move away from any customer disconnect with my brand.
I know I need to do some 301 re-directs but does my new web host or old web host handle this (or both)? Also, I wanted to remove all of my domains from my old web host and transfer to the new host. If we perform the transfer, will my ‘new’ host be able to then handle the 301 re-directs?
One thing to note is that any 301 redirects on your old domain will only last as long as you continue to pay the old hosting service. Once you cancel your contract with them, you should expect them to wipe every trace of your site from that domain, including redirects. Depending on the cost, you might want to transfer the old domain to your new host and keep it going, maybe for another year, to ensure that old URLs stay active. You can use that year to track down the most commonly followed incoming links and try to get them updated to show the new domain name.