Msg#: 4220884 posted 4:49 pm on Oct 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
But then, let me add that if your site is an established one, with lots of pages, then you will have to be careful in making the 301 redirections. Ultimately it is your decision to move to pretty permalinks...
Msg#: 4220884 posted 7:00 pm on Oct 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
This is one situation where your redirect should use a 302 status, and not a 301. When search engines see a 302 redirect they index the content of the target page under the original URL. This allows your domain root to be indexed with the content of the "real" home page.
I've been involved with several businesses who did this because they were locked into an infrastructure that forced it on them. Their domains were indexed quite well, which quite honestly puzzled me. And then, last year, Google's John Mueller confirmed that 302 was the best practice if you need to redirect the domain root.