From iWeb to WordPress - without losing google ranking (8 posts)

  1. vanwero
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi all,

    at this moment I have an iweb-page wich is very succesfull in the SEO google ranking.

    Now I've developped an whole new site and want to set this one live on my domain, but... I'm afraid I will lose this beautifull google ranking?

    A) What if I delete my iWeb-site totally and replace it with my brand new wordpress-site?
    - When people search on the same keywords and see the links of my iweb-page in goolge => will they get a 404-error message that the page does not exists anymore?

    B) Is there a way to "redirect" the iweb-page to my new site? So I won't have any problems at all?

    C) Other solutions for this?

    Thanks in advance!!

  2. B) Is there a way to "redirect" the iweb-page to my new site? So I won't have any problems at all?

    Yes, on your new WordPress site you should set up 301 redirects for all your old URLs to try to maintain your ranking as much as possible.

    Above your WordPress permalinks code in your .htaccess file, you'll need to add a line for each page you want to redirect. Example:

    Redirect 301 /my-excellent-iweb-page.html http://www.yourdomain.com/my-fabulous-wordpress-page/

  3. vanwero
    Posted 4 years ago #

    And I can fully delete the iweb-website then and put my wordpress site in the root-folder?

    (If they are clicking the (removed) iweb-links in google, they will be redirected?)

    Or should the old iweb-website also stay in the root folder?

    Thanks already for your clear answer Zoonini!!


  4. It depends on your server configuration. On many servers, pages with .html extensions have precedence over PHP pages. If you have any problems seeing your WordPress site after you install it, I recommend that you remove your original iWeb site, making sure you have a backup of it, just in case.

  5. vanwero
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sorry Zoonini,

    I reformulated my question. Mayby check my previous message again...!;-))

    Thanks! (for the very quick reply!!!;-))

  6. You do not need to keep the old iWeb site on your server - the 301 redirects will work whether or not the old pages still exist on the server or not. It's a good idea to double-check a test redirect to make sure it's working before you delete the old site.

  7. vanwero
    Posted 4 years ago #


    thank you very much! I'll try it out tomorrow!!


  8. Good luck!

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