Lynque - 1:07 pm on Jul 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
I agree with G1smd, even when there is no access to the core server files such as httpd.ini or .htaccess having the 2 lines of server side code in place telling the server:
A. what type of redirect it is 301/302
B. where the new page can be found - /mypage.aspx
Is definately the way to go.
Over the years I've come across many instances where the meta-refresh technique had been used, even the 0 second meta-refresh allows the first page to be rendered before redirecting, thus the first page can be indexed.
Rule of thumb is: (at least for me)
If the bot has to render client-side code before redirecting then it "can" index that page. So use server-side code instead.