| 4:10 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Okay, so I answered part of my own question - the "how do I do this" part.
I still need input on which method is better...
I ran sim spider on both, and the js method seems to give the better result.
| 5:28 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You say you have access to the root directory on the server, does that also mean write access to .htaccess? If so you can enter a 301 redirect which is known to be safe.
| 5:38 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
As far as our host has told me, I don't have write access to htaccess, and they don't intend to give me access.
We're on some sort of template driven site builders set-up. I access the site through an admin panel, and there I can upload static content and manage the dynamic page content. I don't understand all of the ins and outs of it - I became the "web chick" by default when our webmaster was let go and I was the one in the office with the greatest likelihood of being able to handle the job.
Our host is fairly good at getting stuff done for me, but at this point I have to run everything I want them to do past management for budget approval. Anything I can do on my end makes the whole process just that little bit easier...
| 5:54 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I know it's annoying when people say 'change service providers' but that might actually be the only option in this case.
Assuming that Google only likes 301/302 type redirects, and will possibly punish you for HTML style redirects. Perhaps management will allow you to change hosts if you put it to them in this way. I.e. "change hosts or we lose the site in the google index!".
| 6:07 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I might be losing control of this issue soon anyway - they're looking at outsourcing our SEO (though i'm fighting it tooth and nail, since i've already put so much work into optimization). I hate the idea of someone else getting to take credit for all of the work i've already done, but then at least they'll have to deal with these issues and I won't!
What I'm hoping is that Google will list the new index page within the next couple of dances, and go out from there. I've got the site map well built and waiting to be spidered. Deepbot did hit the new pages, but not for long, and not repeatedly like the old links. I just got access to the server logs a couple of days ago, and what I found was that the bot was mostly hitting the old links (which i understood our host had taken care of forwarding, until i learned yesterday that they had not). We're not high in the SERP's anyway, so there's no loss this month if the crawl of the new pages doesn't get us anywhere. It will be gravy if it does.
Thanks for your input!
| 7:44 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
| 3:25 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Sorry - I didn't explain totally clearly. The domain is still the same, and anyone typing in the domain does automatically reach the old site. The only links I'm trying to forward at this point are the pages that were already indexed in google (about 20), as right now they're getting a 404 error. Thanks!