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8:42 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hey guys, need a little help with this. our website url structure is getting rebuilt, we are going to redirect all old url's to the newly designed url structure. All content will remain the same. just moving it to new url. How should we go about this. we cant do a server side 301 redirect, cause its not like moving domains, domain is staying the same. search engines do not like 302s. besides this is a permanent deal. we can use a 301 meta redirect, is that a safe bet with engines. site is in asp not php. so htaccess or whatever it is will not work. any suggestions on the best way for search engines.
11:14 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Meta redirects are HTTP 302s.

I assume your HTTP server software is Apache?

Apache 301s will work just fine.

Redirect permanent /links.html http://www.example.com/links.php
1:20 am on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are you running a dedicated Windows 2000/2003 server with ASP? If so, you can use the custom 404 page feature to point the 404 to a script which can send the appropriate 301 redirect and the location header for the new page. If the script can't identify an appropriate new page it can send a 404 Not Found error.

Using a meta refresh is very problematic with the search engines at the moment, so a scripted solution would be much safer.

1:14 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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we are running windows xp and using IIS
1:19 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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here is a little more info, every single page is dynamic, made to look static, .html non changing page. the site currently will be running off 3 webservers load balanced. i have looked up different ways to do a redirect, it seems the simplest way would be some form of basic javascript. kinda like what encyclo said. we have some very good programmers here, which i am sure can come up with something. I was just reading last week that 302's and some others can be problematic. we definitely dont want that. our site gets about 20,000 people plus per day, lol.