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Robots.txt - Allow Index.htm Only?
Posted 26 July 2007 - 09:43 AM
I don't have access to the server enough to create permanent redirects and such... just FTP.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 11:58 AM
With any luck, somebody who's tested this recently will come along and confirm this.
Are the pages straight HTML or is there any scripting language involved? If they're PHP or ASP pages, for instance, there may be ways around the lack of server access to set up a 301.
In any case, a meta refresh will ensure visitors who follow old outdated links (or bookmarks) will end up where you want them to go. The robots.txt won't help them otherwise. The alternative would be to put up static "this site has changed" pages with links to the new default page.
You can also exclude the old pages in robots.txt, of course, but I'd want to make sure the human visitors are taken care of as well.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 12:05 PM
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