Redirecting old site

Hi there,

Hopefully this is in the right place.

On one of my sites I have a section that is well developed. Since it has taken off so well I am breaking it out onto its own site.

What is the best way to deal with this? I mean once the content is on the new site i will remove it from the established one, but how should i do the redirects etc?

Hopefully that makes sense!

First of all, I’m not sure that breaking something into a separate site is necessarily the way to go, unless it is a completely different topic.

However, the re-directs should be permanent 301 redirects which you can setup in your .htaccess file.

hi thanks for the reply, I understand what you are saying, but there is a definate reason to break it onto its own site :slight_smile:

should I do a 301 redirect for all pages in the section? and should they go to the corresponding page n the new site? or just redirect anything from the section to the homepage of the new site?

All the individual pages should go to their new individual page on the new site…

Hi There,

I have the same question here that once I optimized a website and get well ranked in search engines but now due to some e-commerce reasons we want to develop new ones and redirect existing sites to new site. I don’t expect the old search engine ranking continue for the new one but just want to know that is this type redirection of website could be harmful for the search engine optimization of new site?

Please Suggest !

One of the first rules of managing websites is Cool URIs don’t change. What that means is that, unless the page has been permanently removed from the internet, any web address that it has lived at should still work. Whenever you do change the URL of a page - whether it’s because you’re moving it to a new domain, or because you’re restructuring your existing domain - you should always redirect the old URL to the new one.

This helps search engines, because (i) they know that it’s the same page in a new place, so they remove the old listing from their index and transfer all the ratings to the new one, and (ii) they don’t treat it as duplicate content, so you don’t have your old and new addresses competing against each other.

It also helps people (and they’re much more important than search engines), because that way, anyone who has bookmarked one of your pages, or who has found an old link to your site somewhere, will still get to the current version of the page on your new site. If you just leave the old page there to rot, those people will see an out-of-date version of the page. If you just remove it, they’ll get a 404 error. Instead, stick a redirect on, and they never even need to know that you’ve moved things around.