I had a couple questions about changing hosts and domains, but first a bit of information on my situation.
I have a wordpress website right now that I host through a server in another country. Currently, I'm working on a fully reconstructed wordpress website of my original site, but I also want to change hosts.
I can do a 301 redirect through my cpanel, which should be pretty easy, however, if I'm also switching hosts what steps should I take to make the transition retain the most SEO? Should I migrate my current site over to the new host first, then do the 301 redirects to the new site from there? Is there a different way to do 301 redirects for WordPress? I know there is a plugin, but I think that is just if you want to change the URL, not the actual destination.
When doing 301 redirects, should I start with the domain name, i.e., example.com and redirect it to example_amazing.com then redirect the pages i.e., example.com/about_us > example_amazing.com/about_us?
Regarding wildcard redirects; if my new WordPress site is using images and files that I've uploaded to my new site, do I need to check this option?
I'm just trying to gather enough information about this process to make it as smooth as possible. Thank you for any help!
SEO is based on site content and its linked to the domain and subfolders.
No matter which host you use.
So as soon as you are ready with your site you can either :
1. point your domain to it (set ns settings)
2. transfer the domain to the new host
6) wait for few hours to propagate DNS. Your newdomain.com should be working.
7) Now redirect olddomain.com urls to newdomain.com urls using .htaccess 301 redirect
A simple Google search will give your .htaccess redirect code.
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