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Use the current web page as a "Splash" page mostly made up of SEO friendly text that is specific to your business. Minimal graphics.
Then make all of the links point to the new page.
Or just leave the current web page as is and change all the links to point to the relavent pages on the new domain. Do not remove any page files from your root folder as the search engines will still be looking for them. Just don't make them visable via links.
I think the second solution would actually work better.
Warning, don't just make the old page a redirect to the new one as you will lose all your search engine standings associated with the old page.
Also make sure the URL for all of the links that point to the new page are exactly as you would like them to appear in all the search engines.
example - yoursite.com or www.yoursight.com.
Hope this helps
All the best
You must set up 301 redirects. Those links are extremely imoportant! You need to set up a domain level redirect first of all, and this is done using your domain host control panel. The individual pages also need to be redirected. You can either do this by replicating the exact same pages and using code to redirect to the new page, or some web site hosts have the ability to set these up to.
You can read more about 301 redirects here:
IamSpartacus couldn't be any more correct. We see clients lose their old rankings all the time when migrating domains. Someone should publish an article here on the difference between redesigning a site for functionality versus for a new "look". I wish there was a way that you can favorite the most helpful posts and see them bubble up to the top based on number of stars and favorites, if possible.
I would second that!
Oh darn, I wish I had seen this before.
I suggest you set up a permanent 301-redirect at the server level from the old domain to the new. This is the preferred method of search engines and it directly tells them through the http headers that the old domain has permanently moved to the new one. On Apache servers, these 301s can be easily set up through an .htaccess file. On Windows servers it may be slightly more complicated but your server/host should be able
But... it most likely will take a good 2 or 3 months for the search engines to fully understand that all your files have moved.
however,Google is good at understanding what to do with the 301s.
Yes, 301 is definitely the best way to go. However, I can tell you about a trick that I did recently with a webshop. I had it for a while on a not-so-nice domain name and then I recently acquired a domain that I really loved. What I did was keeping the site where it was an how it was and just redirecting the new posh domain to the old site.
Now all my fliers and outgoing communications have the new domain printed on. So, people look at it and think: oh, this is cool.
And here's why I did it. Many high-fly webmasters who linked to my site and DMOZ directory guys would have weeded my site out eventually because they have bots crawling and checking their outgoing links. They don't like redirects so they would remove my old domain from their listings. Eventually I would have lost valuable high-PR links, ranking, traffic, business, money :)
Really, it depends. If you have some important links or directory listings pointing at you, keep the old domain and site functioning.
My advice? Keep the old site running, build the new site with original content and market your products and services in two locations. There is no law that you can only own one store or one website.
That is good advice, and quite simple.