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IP switch.what's the risk
IP switch at router and server level

 4:21 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dear all,
We are going to switch our IP adress this week-end at the router and then at the server level.
It will be the first time since our site went live in 1999 and we are concerned about impacting our great Google "organic" rankings and our PR8 on the home page...
Below are some advices I reaped on the forums..

- make sure that the site still works at the old IP
- bring up the site at the new IP as well
- switch the DNS to the new IP
- when we see googlebot visiting the new IP, shut down the site at the old IP
Please advise if this is the safest way to go?
Thanks for your help
Best regards



 5:39 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

What you are saying seems to be in line with what Google's Matt Cutts wrote on his site:



 5:50 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Check what is in the robots.txt file on the new server.

Apache usually comes with a default Disallow: / file.


 6:10 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)


I'm currently on a shared IP at my host, but am looking to get an SSL cert for my domain.

Reading up on my hosts site, it will mean me moving to a new unique IP address for the SSL to be installed etc.

They've confirmed it will be within the same server farm that I'm currently hosted in.

Can you think of any issues this may cause?

Presume I'll just need to follow the steps that Matt blogged?



 6:35 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes -- I've done it many times with no trouble on any search engine.

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