Advice on changing page names pls.

  nick_j007 18:31 PM 26 Jul 09

I have decided to change some page names on my site.

For some time they have been automatically named (.7html and so on) rather than actually giving a correct descriptive name such as 'about me' and so on.

My concern is that I may have made links to the existing pages on forums and so on, and to find all these links and change them would be necessary otherwsie they are broken links. I have a SEO in mind.

How can I best track down links to these what will become old pages and change them please?

Many thanks in advance.


  Ansolan 01:29 AM 01 Sep 09

As mentioned earlier, file names are not vital to search engines, maybe a minimal edge but not worth changing for. For those that look, they can be more help for human visitors and to an extent, improve click through rate from search results.

If you do decide to change, best to put in place page by page 301 redirects from each old URL to the new equivalent. Search engines will generally carry forward any value in the pages/inbound links and any one following an old link or bookmark will be taken seamlessly to the new page.

Should your site be on an apache server, simple job using a .htaccess file. If you are using another system, try a web search, plenty of help.

  Forum Editor 01:29 AM 03 Sep 09

your 301 redirect lines would look like this:

Redirect 301 /oldpage.html click here

You can also do the job using PHP:

header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
header ('Location: click here');
exit (); ?>

  Forum Editor 01:30 AM 03 Sep 09

to see the text.

  nick_j007 09:14 AM 03 Sep 09

Thank you all very much indeed.

I shall do that when I get around to it.



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