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Should I 301 or iframe when updating my site?

1:52 pm on Apr 18, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Hi All -

We are moving from a static html/css/js site to a CMS site.

We currently have a couple of hundred how-to guides located at suredone.com/guides/name-of-guide (you can see them by visiting www.suredone.com/guides). They are actually a bit ancient and we've moved all of them to Freshdesk but never redirected individual guides from www.suredone.com - we just repointed the menu item for guides to support.suredone.com on Freshdesk. As a result, these guides (at www.suredone.com) are still indexed on Google and actually for a lot of longtail phrases.

So now that we're moving to a CMS we're trying to figure out the best approach to these pages so we don't decimate our rankings. We REALLY don't want to recreate these old pages. There's no awesome way to suck the content from Freshdesk and create pages on the CMS since that would also require some big maintenance aspect as these pages are updated regularly.

So.. do we 301 the old guide pages from www.suredone.com/guides/name-of-guide to support.suredone.com/support/solutions/articles/1000221852-some-guide-name-thats-different, or do we create pages in the CMS for each of these older guides and then iframe the freshdesk pages into them so at least the content for those specific pages is current if someone trips onto them?

Other ideas are welcome!



[edited by: goodroi at 4:56 pm (utc) on Apr 18, 2019]
[edit reason] fixed url [/edit]

6:42 pm on Apr 23, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I personally prefer 301 because it simplifies future growth issues.

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