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Temporarily Disable Or Delete Site?
Posted 08 July 2006 - 11:20 AM
Although I recommended to my client the importance of offline marketing and branding but she never did much with that advice. The site's traffic is solid and and visibility is unreal for very competitive terms. But sales have been sluggish.
In March my client dropped her maintenance plan. It took some explaining for her to understand that I am still hosting her site and she at least needs to pay for that. She agreed to pay her hosting through June.
That time has passed and I don't have time to check with her each month to see if she wants to keep going. I was all ready to hit the "Disable" button this morning but after taking one last look at her stats and seeing how well indexed the site is, I hesitated.
Is there a way to quickly disable the site without throwing away all that great optimization in case my client decides she wants to get back on track?
I suspect the overwhelming advice for my dilemma here is to cut and run. Thoughts anyone?
Posted 08 July 2006 - 01:07 PM
That said, if the site comes back live on the same domain and with the same content in a reasonable amount of time she'll likely gain back all of those good rankings eventually. How quickly is going to depend upon how long the site is offline.
If your hosting panel allows you to simply disable the site without deleting the files, that'll be the best probably. For her anyway. Otherwise if you want to be really nice you might want to make a backup copy of all of the files for her prior to deleting anything, just in case. People do often change their minds.
If she's getting decent traffic that just isn't converting, there's probably someone out there who would be willing to purchase the domain/business from her.
Posted 08 July 2006 - 02:38 PM
I'll probably just disable it. Then when she contacts me wanting to know why her e-mail stopped working, we'll decide where to go from there.
Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:45 PM
Posted 09 July 2006 - 08:55 AM
I've always found the same thing Chris ! Turning off just the email but leaving the site up and running seems to get people's attention as quickly as doing both.
Posted 09 July 2006 - 11:46 AM
Then I took all the navigation and info off the index page and replaced it with a message that says the page is not available at this time. I took all the product folders and renamed them with an added x so any pages in those directories return a 404 error.
Would it be better for me to use a 302 redirect for the index page of each product directory (there are about 7-10)? I've never used that before but I was wondering if this might be a case where it might be useful.
I've used 301 redirects quite a bit in my .htacces files. If a 302 is a better way to go now, do I set it up similar to a 301 redirect?
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