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Wordpress - redirects and changing URL's with ease
Whitey




msg:4649522
 9:59 pm on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

Our developers just set up an .htaccess redirect over 15k+ pages.

Then I asked for a URL change to add in some keywords, to make them more SEO friendly.

The developer says it will take a week to change the structures and say half the site will need to be re created. Is there an easier way, relying on some re write rules or something?

 

lorax




msg:4649761
 4:16 pm on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hi Whitey,
It's hard to know. Did they create a single redirect for 15k+ pages or break it up or even go so far as to create redirects for every page? Rewrite rules can be created but it depends upon what they're starting with.

Whitey




msg:4649835
 9:22 pm on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

They built the 15k pages and put redirects in place from old site to new site. That site has not gone live yet. They then received a recommendation to alter the url's, because we don't want multiple redirects occurring in the future for the sake of seo stability.

It looks like it's down to a couple of days work, but they weren't happy that it wasn't communicated at the beginning of the project.

lorax




msg:4650035
 2:04 pm on Feb 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

It sounds like you have it handled but for future reference, I often use the Redirection plugin for a few months after major IA changes to help the SEs get acclimated to the new structure.

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Whitey




msg:4650234
 3:15 am on Mar 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

Good tip Lorax - thanks - I'll pass it on.

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