Hi all .. first post here and just need a little pointing in the right direction. Looking to cause the least amount of damage to any current SEO value.
Currently have a site hosted on server '1'. All pages are indexed by google. We are moving the domain name over to the new server, however this is only to get some parts of the new site, which is still in development, up and working because some of the parts are software which require the domain name to be registered with the company in order to work properly.
So .. we're thinking we'll need to have the site down for around 3 weeks in order to get everything wrapped up and then take it live.
In this scenario, what would you recommend? Maintenance page? 503? and then the million dollar question... how much downtime is acceptable before google starts penalizing? I should also note that the old site is also a dev location ( switched developers) and as such did not have heavy traffic.
Thanks in advance!