SEO and changing the site, what's the best way?

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SEO and changing the site, what's the best way?

Postby Forsh » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:49 pm

What's the best practice for upgrading a website but not losing its URL structure? I've done this in the past and just took the 404 hits for the hundred or so broken URL structures, I couldn't map that many URLs by hand. I'm not wanting to do that again, but I don't know if I can get around it this time. Is there an extension that makes this seamless? Does everyone just get a team and spend a week just manually remapping the broken URLs?

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Re: SEO and changing the site, what's the best way?

Postby pe7er » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:06 pm

I would use a sitemap extension to create an XML sitemap of all current links at the website.
Load that XML file in a spreadsheet and only use the existing URLs (put in 1st column) and remove everything else.
I would add the new links in the 2nd column

In the past I would create 301 links (with existing links from 1st column and new links from 2nd column) and put it in a .htaccess.
However these days I would use Joomla's Redirect Manager, so I import the old + new links in the database table of the redirect manager.
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Re: SEO and changing the site, what's the best way?

Postby nguyennamthanh » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:41 am

Using a sitemap.xml. It is very useful to store your URL structure. After that, using 301 redirect to all the new URLs

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