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how do I merge 2 company websites?



2:27 pm on Jun 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hello everyone, This is my first input although I'm not exactly a newbie - I have been a 'webmstress' for over a year now. As I have only ever used a graphical program - DW3+4, I really struggle sometimes as I'm not particularly tech savvy.

Anyhow I'd really appreciate it if anyone could give me some guidelines for my problem. My company will be merging with a competitor within the next few months and I need to know how to go about this with regard to designing a new site.

Currently, our PR isn't bad on Google - so I'd hate to lose the position we've got to. If I just put up redirect pages on both sites to the new one (which will have a completely new name), will that be acceptable or is that defined as 'cloaking'? In the past I've just put a link to a new site on the redundant page - but I'm not sure what constitutes cloaking! I FTP the files to our ISP which holds our domain, would I need to put up a Page 301 - if so how do I go about it?

Apologies for being so naive - I'm best working graphically, I find the techie stuff a bit of a challenge - but I'm determined to win thru :o)

5:55 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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cazza welcome to WebmasterWorld.

Here is a thread that helped me move URLs and maintain all my PR "redirecting a large site with .htaccess [webmasterworld.com]"


9:40 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Many thanx Bill!

I'll attempt to get to grips with this!


10:10 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I would use a 301 direct in a .hta file of the site with the best pageranking and PR.

Leave this up until most of the major engines have made the changes. Then just take the hta off and add a text link from the old site to the new.

With the second site I would just have a text link to the new site.

This should avoid an engine seeing anything as a duplicate site, maintain your positions and maximise your new site with incoming links.

This assumes the new site will have significant new content.


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