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code for 301 redirect

  • mrsroynie
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    @mrsroynie

    I wonder if anyone can help me. I have used Adventure Journal as the basis for an old business website, which was temporarily hosted on a subdomain of another (completely unrelated) business website, giving it a rather clunky URL. I recently bought a new domain name and built a duplicate site. The old site has quite a decent Google ranking, which I don’t want to lose, so I thought I would do a 301 redirect, nominating the identical pages on the new site as canonical. I thought I would be able to simply download a plug-in and have that do the dirty work for me. However, it appears that the original site was built using some sort of cut-down version of WordPress with the result that the folders on the server are read-only. So I can neither update WordPress, nor access the full library of plug-ins.

    The html code for the redirect is easy to understand,

    ‘<link href=”http://www.example.com/canonical-version-of-page/” rel=”canonical” />’

    Since I can’t alter the code for the (4) individual pages, could I simply enter 4 html link tags into the header.php file? Would the search engines pick it up or do I need to write a snazzy bit of php to automatically insert the URLs for the individual pages into the redirect code?

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