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How to Redirect an Old Domain to a Brand New Domain

When changing domains one thing is really important to keep in mind – you need to keep the integrity of the old domain so that anyone who remembers that domain and clicks on a link to a web page on your old site will be redirected to the exact web page on your new URL or domain.

So, the question is how to do that? How to redirect an old domain to a brand new domain and keep the integrity of the old URL at the same time?

Luckily for you, we are going to inform you about everything you need to know. So, you can rest assured knowing that you are in great hands.

First of all, if you are planning to change the structure of the website on your new domain we highly advise you to inform more before starting this process. You can check the online article – How to Maintain Search Engine Rankings after a Web Site Redesign and get all the information you need from there.

Second, of all, we know that this may sound tricky to your but it is actually quite easy to redirect a domain on both Windows and Linux server. We will present to you, how to setup a 301 redirect. This redirect will inform the Google and its search engine robots, as well as, the online visitors that your current domain has changed the location and that you are now using another location. We highly recommend using the 301 redirect as this approach is popular among the web marketers and it is known as the best practice by Google and other search engines.


How to Redirect a Domain on a Linux Server by Using the 301 Redirect Approach

You need to keep in mind that the following 301 redirect approach will not work unless the Linux server has the Apache ModRewrite module on. So, make sure to consult with your server administrator about whether or not the server has the module turned on. Usually, this functionality is turned on automatically, but you won’t lose anything if you consult anyway.

So, you need to make a .htaccess file in the core directory of your old domain or edit the .htaccess file that is already there. You need to add these exact lines:

  • Options + FollowSymLinks
  • RewireEngine on
  • RewriteRule (.*) http://www.yournewdomain.com/$1 [R-301,L]

Upload the new .htaccess file and every visitor that will come to your website will be redirected to your new domain.

How to Redirect a Domain on a Windows Server by Using the 301 Redirect Approach

You need to access the Internet Service Manager on the server and then right-click on the website that you want to redirect visitors from. Select Properties and after that select Home Directory.

You should be able to see the window Default Web Site Properties and the tab Home Directory at the center.

You need to select:

  • A redirection to a URL
  • Redirect to field type of your new domain you want to send the visitors to
  • Choose A Permanent Redirection For This Source
  • Press OK

That’s it. This is everything you need to do in order to redirect an old domain to a brand new domain on a Windows server by using the 301 redirect approach.

We hope that this article was helpful for you!

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