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Hosted Websites - Transitioning from my old site

When you are transitioning from your old site, the biggest consideration is retaining any search engine ranking or "Google juice" you have built up with your old site. To maximize that retention, you want to make sure the new site has any keyword-rich content you had on the old site, and redirect from the old site to the new site.

Populating Content

If you've got content on the old site, include it in the Intro or Conclusion sections on built in page types like the Home page, Map page, property descriptions, etc. If you have entire pages of content -- for example an "About My Area" page -- create Custom Pages in the Hosted Website and populate the content there.

Redirecting From Old Site to New Site

When you set up the new site, you want to redirect as much as possible from the old site using 301 (permanent) redirects which carry link ranking across. There are two parts to this:

Redirecting Domains

If you have just one domain, this is easy -- make sure it is included in your Hosted Website configuration so our server will connect your domain name with your website, and follow our Going Live instructions to configure DNS. Once the DNS settings propagate, our servers will start handling your domain instead of your old server with your old website.  Note that you will no longer be able to access your previous website once this takes place, so make sure to save anything you wanted from it first!

If you have multiple domains, that's you need to set up redirects for them with your domain registrar. Inside OwnerRez we only support a single domain -- we don't support multiple domains. So pick a primary domain and set that up in OwnerRez and in your DNS.

Then, in your domain registrar's control panel, configure 301 redirects from your secondary domains to the primary. This is sometimes called "forwarding, pointing, or connecting".

Here are some domain redirect/forward instructions for a few common registrars:

When you get the option of a redirect type, choose 301 or Permanent.

Redirecting Pages

You can also redirect old page URL's from your previous site engine to the new location on your new hosted site. To do this, go to the Redirects tab on the Hosted Website Settings and create redirects:

To figure out what you want to redirect, look at your old site (before you go live on the new hosted website). For example, if your old Book Now page was at https://acmevacations.com/book-me-asap, you'd want to create a redirect like this:

This means when a visitor goes to that old URL, they will be automatically sent to your new Book Now page. The redirect system only matches the value in the From box (it will not worry about the domain portion) so you can test these redirects on your test site before going live.