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I recently changed the URL's of my site from
www.example.com/?p=x to www.example.com/test-post/
I made these changes 2 weeks back but now my google traffic has almost come down to 50% what it used to be before.
I also submitted my Sitemap to google but it has indexed only 149 URLs out of 1100 submitted. I am scared that I might lose my page rank.
Will a Permanent 301 Redirect solve the problem. I also tried this plugin but it does not work on my blog.
Could someone help me with the code that I need to put in my HTAccess for the Permanent Redirect or if you have some other thoughts..
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
[edited by: jdMorgan at 2:14 am (utc) on April 6, 2008]
[edit reason] No URLs, please. example.com. [/edit]
If so, then a relatively-simple mod_rewrite ruleset can be used to fix the problem. However, if a database lookup was used, and the old "p=" values were not the same as the new "virtual-directory" values (for example, if they were numeric), then the answer is complex and will require httpd.conf (server-configuration-level) access, a RewriteMap, and a small PERL script to do database lookups.
My Old URL's were like this
The Visitors who click on these indexed Pages in Google are able to see these pages as it is Handled by Wordpress but the Permanent 301 Redirect is not there which will help Search Engines.
Could you give more information regarding Steps or the code to be inserted in HTAccess to accomplish the 301 Redirect ?
What the plugins are supposed to do is create the mod_rewrite for wherever it's necessary and hopefully deal with some specific WP issues, including the problem with (or without, as the case may be) trailing slashes.
It can save a lot of complicated busy work, especially when there are dozens or even hundreds of posts in different categories. Especially now, with the new release and upgrade to WP2.5 a lot of people are having problems with "disappearing" pages, and the fixes are more than likely software dependent.
[edited by: Marcia at 11:21 pm (utc) on April 10, 2008]