Going To Wordpress. What to do with the old version?

Lisa Rabey academichussy at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 18 12:11:27 EST 2014

.htaccess is only an option if you use Apache. Other web server
software, such as Nginx, have a whole nother set of files to modify.


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On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Wilhelmina Randtke <randtke at gmail.com> wrote:
> When I move to a new URL, then for each page I delete the page and I
> put a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file from the old URL to the new
> URL.  The 301 status is the only one that will keep all your old link
> juice.
> Your SEO "expert" is probably not an expert, because option 3 is a bad idea.
> Option 1 is OK, if you are also giving a 301 status.
> Option 2 looses all your old traffic, and you are basically starting
> from just your domain name and whatever reputation that domain has.
> Option 3 hurts you in search engine rankings.  You can read about
> "repetitive content penalty" to see this.  So, whoever recommended you
> option number 3 is someone you should not do business with or rely on
> for advice.
> -Wilhelmina Randtke
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 8:10 AM, Jorge Biquez <jbiquez at icsmx.com> wrote:
>> Hello all.
>> I hope the following questions do not sound so stupid. I do not know what
>> could be the best answer.
>> Finally we move to Wordpress. It is working fine we have some ideas to
>> implement in the future and we are studying for doing our own plugins,
>> following the advice on previous conversation here .
>> We would like to be indexed and listed on search engines of course with this
>> new version. Our old version of website was good indexed and we received
>> good traffic in it.
>> Asking a couple of expert companies in SEO they  gave us different advice
>> but we are not sure what would be the best.
>> 1) Leave old pages as they were and include a legend in each page telling
>> there is a new version and redirect to new main page after 20 seconds. That
>> way, they say, indexers, bot robots and search engines will still find us.
>> 2) Start from a fresh and clean structure. Deleting all the old web pages
>> (they were static ones) . That way the index will be done only in new pages
>> only. It will create lot of "not found" errors but that will be the best
>> even when traffic will be almost zero at the beginning.
>> 3) Leave old pages without redirection and only with a legend that there is
>> a new version and that users should go to new page.
>> I am specially curious since it is a good exercise to learn more about how
>> search engines will do with our new web pages. Yes, I know there are tons of
>> new web pages added daily and that now it is more difficult to gain position
>> on search engines that's why I decided to ask for you advice.
>> If You have done something simila. To move from static simple html web pages
>> to a dynamic system like Wordpress or similar. What did you do with the old
>> version?
>> Any other SEO tips to consider (free or not so expensive) to gain position
>> in search engines with the new website. Of course assuming you have tags and
>> all recommend stuff in the new site?
>> Thanks in advance for the time and comments.
>> Jorge Biquez
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