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    Hi,

    I am a front end designer, I have a joomla designer who has just uploaded a website charliemiller.com that we have completed. There is now an issue that neither of us know how to fix regarding the 301 re-directs. If you search 'charlie miller' in google and click any of the 6 links below the main 'home' link they are all broken, well all but one to which I received this comment from my SEO friend:

    [SIZE=15px]All the URLs ending .asp resolve fine, itís the ones with the variable parameter added to the URL eg. ?id=17 that are broken,[/SIZE]

    This will have a major impact on the site SEO over a short space of time so I had been advised, can anybody please advise what to do?

    Many thanks

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    301 redirects are a way to tell search engine that a page has moved, but usually only works for static content.

    I have a clients site that is in process of major changes, when the switch is flipped, there will be over 200 301's in place to tell the search engines to quit indexing the old content, but to start indexing the new stuff.

    So did you have the data in a different type of system ? Or was the old site not using the URL rewrite mod that creates a page name based on page title on the fly ?

    If the content still exist, you might be able to do a custom function to do basically a 301 to the new content. If the content no longer exist, not a whole lot you can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webzarus, post: 225668
    301 redirects are a way to tell search engine that a page has moved, but usually only works for static content.

    I have a clients site that is in process of major changes, when the switch is flipped, there will be over 200 301's in place to tell the search engines to quit indexing the old content, but to start indexing the new stuff.

    So did you have the data in a different type of system ? Or was the old site not using the URL rewrite mod that creates a page name based on page title on the fly ?

    If the content still exist, you might be able to do a custom function to do basically a 301 to the new content. If the content no longer exist, not a whole lot you can do.
    Hi,

    Top be honest all of this is way over my head but due to the lack of support from my Joomla guy and the client needing this in place by tomorrow I need to find a solution - as far as I know the old site was a bespoke CMS with the new site being created in Joomla, there is still a copy of the old site which I don't have but am sure I can if necessary. Is there anything I can show you to give a better idea of things?

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webzarus, post: 225668
    301 redirects are a way to tell search engine that a page has moved, but usually only works for static content.

    I have a clients site that is in process of major changes, when the switch is flipped, there will be over 200 301's in place to tell the search engines to quit indexing the old content, but to start indexing the new stuff.

    So did you have the data in a different type of system ? Or was the old site not using the URL rewrite mod that creates a page name based on page title on the fly ?

    If the content still exist, you might be able to do a custom function to do basically a 301 to the new content. If the content no longer exist, not a whole lot you can do.
    Also the SEO guy passed this to me:

    [SIZE=15px]He has pin pointed to the fact that the old pages were asp files that included a variable - eg /salons/salons.asp?catID=17[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=15px]Does this help at all?[/SIZE]

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    What you can do, is create another file with the same name, then use a PHP redirect or a 301 redirect to get them to the new site. Eventually, Google will get the message and update its links. Then you can delete the extra files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovenose, post: 225673
    What you can do, is create another file with the same name, then use a PHP redirect or a 301 redirect to get them to the new site. Eventually, Google will get the message and update its links. Then you can delete the extra files.
    Is that a case of starting agin, if so then that isn't an option...the client won't accept that, is that the only solution as the google ranking has been built up over years? Thanks

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    Well, I was thinking, just make files that have the same name is the old ones (example.asp) at the same path, then simply use a PHP redirect to bump them to the right page on the new site

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovenose, post: 225675
    Well, I was thinking, just make files that have the same name is the old ones (example.asp) at the same path, then simply use a PHP redirect to bump them to the right page on the new site
    I don't know if this will help but here is a copy of the old/new URL's:



    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=27 http://www.charliemiller.com/gallery/artistic-team
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=29 http://www.charliemiller.com/career-opportunities
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=15 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=14 http://www.charliemiller.com/about-us
    www.charliemiller.com/contact/contact-form.asp http://www.charliemiller.com/contact-us
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=58 http://www.charliemiller.com/gallery/image-gallery
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=13 http://www.charliemiller.com/about-us
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=32 http://www.charliemiller.com/about-us
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=28 http://www.charliemiller.com/whats-new/product-news
    www.charliemiller.com/page.asp?ID=20 http://www.charliemiller.com/gallery/image-gallery
    www.charliemiller.com/salons/salons.asp?catID=16 http://www.charliemiller.com/salons/st-andrew-street
    www.charliemiller.com/salons/salons.asp?catID=15 http://www.charliemiller.com/salons/frederick-street
    www.charliemiller.com/salons/salons.asp?catID=24 http://www.charliemiller.com/salons/holy-corner
    www.charliemiller.com/salons/salons.asp?catID=21 http://www.charliemiller.com/salons/ocean-terminal
    www.charliemiller.com/salons/salons.asp?catID=14 http://www.charliemiller.com/salons/stafford-street
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=6 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/salons/salons.asp?catID=17 http://www.charliemiller.com/salons
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=5 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=23 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=18 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=3 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=4 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=2 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=7 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=8 http://www.charliemiller.com
    www.charliemiller.com/collections/collections.asp?catID=22 http://www.charliemiller.com

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    Is this a windows server ? Or did that change when you channged to joomla ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webzarus, post: 225703
    Is this a windows server ? Or did that change when you channged to joomla ?
    It changed when we moved the site to Joomla, it is now hosted with Hostpapa which as far as I know a Linux server


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