There are many reasons to move a website. These range from moving to new server because you have decided to switch your hosting providers, to simply you need to redirecting your existing files to a new domain name. Either way, when you are moving your website, your search engine rankings must be affected. Here is some website moving common methods that will affect your on search engine rankings if all you do is move your website, without letting the search engines know you did: Transfer Your Website!
Here is reasons, why you might want to move your website
Moving to the new web server
You may be moving to the new web hosting server because your current hosting company is experiencing and have to much downtime, or has crappy customer customer service, or maybe even because you need to upgrade from a shared hosting to a dedicated environment because of an increase in online traffic or bandwidth consumption.
Moving to a new domain name
May be you need to move your website because you have found a spiffy new domain name that you like better one than your current one. and maybe you finally got enough cash together to buy the name you have been eyeing for a while.
Whatever the reason for moving your website, it is very important that you move not only your live files, which are ones hosted directly on your server – i.e. ones you upload then you can edit every day (or, if you’re using a CMS such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, the values stored in a database that are affected directly folder when you login to edit a page), but also your pages indexed in search engines.
How I know which pages are indexed in search engines?
To find out what pages are indexed in search engines, you can do query the search engine. Every search engine uses a different method for this:
- Google: type “site:example.com” to get a listing of all pages which one indexed. You can click on “show omitted results” on last page to get them all.
- Yahoo: the same, except you will be redirected to Yahoo’s Website Explorer.
- MSN: Same, except you will be redirected to Bing.
Every search engine will return a list of all indexed pages, along with a number of how many pages are indexed. You will want to go through these and redirect everyone to your new website.
Setting OR maintaining your 301 permanent redirects
If your new site is simply moving to a new server, OR you are keeping your domain name, all you will need to do is keep both websites up for few weeks to ensure search engines are aware of the switch. If, however, you are using a new domain, you will need to physically program 301 (permanent) redirects for all pages. We recommend leaving 301 redirects up indefinitely, as few pages take longer to redirect than others.