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Replace existing site with new design
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Posted May 4, 2012 at 11:53AM
Hi New here, thanks for any help you can give me.!! I have almost completed a new slim line "device sensitive CSS3" site which I intend to swap with my existing site, Importantly without losing the SEO that I have worked hard to achieve. On the new site I have kept the file/page-name and link structure of the important pages the same as on the old site. Am I correct in thinking that I can remove the old site from the server/public.html and replace it with the new site. I do have fewer pages now so any pages that I discarded from the old site can I 301 redirect them to my new index.html. Is this procedure correct or am I off the mark? I'm a bit worried about the existing htaccess file and so on. Help would be appreciated Adrian Fortune
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Posted May 7, 2012 at 12:45PM
Almost done I've searches around a bit but come unstuck......... As with the "click to call" that you pointed me to, do you know if there is code for "click to text" for example This would be click-able -> "Text Us for a Free Callback" that would then send me a text message saying "drive" and I then just call them back.
I already have it on the site longhand, one click would really appeal to the young uns Thanks Adrian
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Posted May 7, 2012 at 7:36PM
Not aware of an instant solution, you could look through a few scripts in places like:
A simpler option might be to collect incoming via a form (thinking about security issues) or look at your phone provider's options. As an example:
Your point on the user rate for your demographic is valuable though and could be worth looking at an integrated solution. One example:
Who offer what you want via their API and a fair bit more, for not a huge cost. Give their free trial a go if you think relevant, or other similar providers.
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Posted May 8, 2012 at 12:37AM
Hi Again Once again, many many thanks for all the help with this little project of mine. If you would like a look it's here at http://3ridings.com It looks so sparse when compared to the original which is parked here http://3ridings.com/11 for the time being. It's a pain resizing single images 3 times for a device friendly site plus they'll slow it down when the phones have a slow connection, so for the time being - no images. There's just one page missing and the final proof didn't get done but it's been a long weekend. Tomorrow is another day. Please feel free to comment as you see fit. I hope the SEO is somewhere close. We shall see. Once again, many thanks Adrian
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Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:17PM
Congratulations on the site, more attractive, more mobile friendly and better for all users. Also better for the web in general and for search in the long run. Gradually building a little more good content will help over time. A couple of passing technical points:
On towing__reversing.html the link to "Prices Start at £25 per hour" needs fixing.
You might want to look at what's happening with 404s, make sure that in all cases missing pages are dealt with correctly and you have mopped up any possibles you can think of via 301 redirect. You should test all entries thrown up by a Google search of - site:3ridings.com - Not everything is shown but should help, plenty of 404s which need redirecting.
A more notable concern is the situation with:
beverleyhornsea.html - marketweighton_pocklington.html -
perhaps others, including any which were around and are now redirected to the remaining pages.
None of this should exist, all direct/very close duplicates of the home page need 301 redirecting to the root. If you want pages aimed at certain areas, you need to create original content. Worth time first with tools such as:
To make sure you are not considering terms people hardly search for and you may discover useful surprises.
Will also help if you find time to work on the canonicalisation issues mentioned earlier, plus changing all internal links to just "/" rather than "index.html". Same in the xml sitemap, you need to remove the entire duplicate entry for index.html.
A few other thoughts:
A contact form is essential. Some people just don't like their email software opened and plenty more may not be emailing from the address they want the reply to, or shouldn't be emailing from there at all.
No real world address I could see on site. Will cost you business and is detrimental to being returned is local searches.
On local search, try searching in Maps for "3Ridings Driving School".
This can bring up a different entry from the main one. Places can be a pain to sort out but this needs tackling. In theory, the best route is to have the entries merged but not always practical. If all else fails, you could claim the duplicate as your own, verify, then delete this entirely.
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Posted May 9, 2012 at 12:42AM
Hi Thanks for the encouragement, it means a lot. I started last night working through the 301 redirects, I've mopped up ca 6 full google pages of links which all now point to where they should - or somewhere close.
I fixed the £25 link - thanks, I missed that one!
Am I understanding this correctly? The five pages that I created, Hornsey, Pocklington, Driffield, Hull and York should all point to the home page, or have content which is individual and original to that page? The reason I have them is: I am at the hub of the wheel and the pages cover areas, like segments in a pie chart. I don't have a problem with finding content, I just didn't think it was important. Anyway they now go to the root.
Sitemap: I should remove altogether the second entry(the bold one)?
When you say remove index.html and replace it with / do you mean in this example
href="index.html ...........I would change it to
As far as an email form goes, I have been ripping my hair out for two days now trying to implement a form in to the site that is also device sensitive. Anyway time for bed Thanks again Adrian
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