Original site page URLs

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Overview

When moving to a new site, it is important to not confuse search engines and make sure they get to the same page on a new site from the old URLs. Search engines recommend that you setup a redirect from the old page URL to the new page URL. 

Example

On your existing site, you probably have several existing pages that get crawled by search engines. You will want to make sure they redirect to the corresponding page on your new site. Here's an example of old URLs and their new counterparts

 

Original page URL   New page URL
bobspizza.com/about.html ------> bobspizza.com/about-bob
bobspizza.com/contact.html -------> bobspizza.com/contact-bobs-pizza
bobspizza.com/dinner_menu.html ------> bobspizza.com/dinner-menu

 

We want to make sure that anyone who trys to visit the old page URLs get to the new page with the correct content. To do that, we must setup the redirect between the two. Luckily Duda has a handy tool to do this for you.

Setting up page redirects

See our instructions for setting up specific URL redirects in DudaOne.

If you don't setup a page redirect and a visitor tries to get to a page that does not exist, we will redirect them to the home page instead. 

Redirect

When Duda sets up these redirects, we implement what is called a 301 permanent redirect.  This tells search engines that the page has permanently moved to a new location and it should forget the old URL. Make sure that content on the new page is similar to content on the old pages, as this is what search engines will expect. It's smart to keep the redirect in place for a long time, as search engines take a long time to update fully. 

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