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Moving Website To New Provider: Domain And SEO Issues

7:22 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Right now I have my website “self" hosted at my provider (Mediatemple). But I’m going to be switching the website over to Squarespace. This means that my website:

will need to be changed so that it's pointing to the Squarespace servers.

I also have my Wordpress blog hosted on Mediatemple. Since Squarespace doesn’t host WP blogs I need to keep the blog at Mediatemple. The problem is the URL for the blog is

How will I be able to keep blog on Mediatemple while my website is now at Squarespace? My concern is SEO and all the existing links and paths that Google knows about. Is there a way to do this and keep everything the way it is as far as search engines are concerned?

[edited by: phranque at 8:19 pm (utc) on Nov 14, 2013]
[edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]

8:24 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)


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the only way to do this is to configure your squarespace server to use mod_proxy (assuming apache) to send requests for the blog subdirectory to the mediatemple server.

another option is move the blog to a subdomain and do the proper redirects for the subdirectory requests.
12:22 am on Nov 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I was considering the subdomain route.

Right now I have everything configured with rewrites so if anyone goes to a "www.mydomain.com" it will automatically go to "mydomain.com"

Mediatemple is telling me this will no longer work. Is that correct?

They're telling me:
in your current configuration, you will not be able to point the root domain, example.com, to SquareSpace without breaking your email and all subdomains. The reason for this is because SquareSpace requires you to point your DNS using a "CNAME" rather than an "A" record. Using a "CNAME" for the root domain, example.com, will override all other DNS records. The work around is to set the "CNAME" for the subdomain, www.example.com, then alter your rewrite rule to add the "www." instead of remove it.

This is what I have in my .htaccess file:
### re-direct www to root non-www ###
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

Right now in google webmaster tools I have it set up as "example.com" without the "www" as my preferred domain... does this mean I'd need to change that?

[edited by: phranque at 1:38 pm (utc) on Nov 15, 2013]
[edit reason] unlinked url; please use example.com [/edit]

5:51 am on Nov 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I actually moved my blog over to Squarespace so my initial concern with the blog still being on Mediatemple is not a concern any longer.

My concern now is that all my URLs are now "www" urls whereas before I made sure everything was non-www. Now my new site maps that are automatically generated contain "www" and all my website's pages have:
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com"/>

Right now if you search on my name/site everything in Google comes up as non-www. I also have my preferred domain configured to the non-www domain in Google Webmaster Tools.

What do I need to do to not loose any SEO rankings I currently have? Do I just need to change my preferred domain in Webnaster Tools?