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FAQ: How to move a site to a new domain?

   
7:12 pm on Jun 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator bakedjake is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Commonly Used Redirects For Moving To A New Domain

Most of these are lifted from, slightly modified, or examplified forms of posts here at WebmasterWorld and summarized here for reference. Thanks to skipfactor, pageoneresults, korkus2000, Xoc, jdMorgan, Decius, and Daiman for their posts on these topics.

Case: You are transferring from www.example-old.com to www.example-new.com. The architecture of the site will remain the same - you simply want to switch to a new domain name. You want to pass related page and parameter information.

Server Level Redirects

Apache (mod_rewrite)

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example-new.com/$1 [R=301,L]

IIS (Built In Rewrite Module)

  • Right click on site (www.example-old.com) in IIS Manager, select Properties
  • Click on "Home Directory" tab
  • Select the "A redirection to a URL" option
  • In the "Redirect to" box, place the text

    http://www.example-new.com$V$Q

  • Select the "The exact URL entered above" option
  • Select the "A permanent redirection for this resource" option

    Language Specific Redirects

    see below

    [edited by: oilman at 8:18 pm (utc) on June 16, 2004]

  • 7:34 pm on Jun 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

    WebmasterWorld Administrator bakedjake is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



    This PHP code should handle any parameters:

    <?php

    [pre]header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently"); 
    header("Location: http://www.example-new.com" .
    $_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'] . '?' .
    $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
    exit();
    [/pre]

    ?>
    7:43 pm on Jun 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

    WebmasterWorld Administrator bakedjake is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



    This Perl code should handle any parameters:

    print "Status: 301 Moved Permanently\r\n" . 
    "Location: http://www.example-new.com" .
    "$ENV{'SCRIPT_NAME'}?$ENV{'QUERY_STRING'}\r\n" .
    "\r\n";

    [edited by: oilman at 8:23 pm (utc) on June 16, 2004]

    7:59 pm on Jun 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

    WebmasterWorld Administrator bakedjake is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



    This ASP code should handle any parameters:

    <% 
    Response.Status = "301 Moved Permanently"
    Response.AddHeader "Location", "http://www.example-new.com" _
    & Request.ServerVariables("SCRIPT_NAME") _
    & "?" & Request.ServerVariables("QUERY_STRING")
    Response.End
    %>
    7:16 pm on Jul 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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    Yes but what about when they are changing the directory structure :( Shall be a pain to keep my listings and traffic going while we do this.
     

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