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Moving My Site To A New Server
Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:51 AM
Will the search engines not recognize the age of my site anymore once I have moved to a different IP address?
Or will they always remember the age of my domain name and recognize my content?
I am worried that this move will ruin my visibility.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:22 AM
Servers and IP addresses change all the time for all sorts of reasons. Changing content and/or the domain ownership details are what counts in this situation - and even then not in 100% of cases.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:10 AM
As Rolf says, it shouldn't be an issue. I move dozens (hundreds?) of domains each year as I update to new servers and retire old servers. The only trick is to make sure you keep the old server up and running while DNS propagates through the web. It can help to speed up this process if you have the ability to change the local DNS at the old server so that it points to the new server IP once you flip the switch. This extra step sends a signal to places that haven't yet updated their DNS that they need to, because your site has moved to a new location.
Done right DNS will propagate fully across the 'Net in somewhere between 24 and 72 hours. So if possible it's usually best to pick the days of the week when fewer people are using the site. I typically try to do it either on a Friday or Saturday night. And by Monday everything is hunky dory.
Matt Cutts of Google fame posted a short checklist a few years ago. One that still works just fine today.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:12 AM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:03 PM
I am glad you could share your experience with me. Since I have never done this before it is an unpredictable step for me. My positioning often changed just by changing the sequence of some keywords, adding a few sentences, or being idle for a year. I guess once you are at the top with your keywords, your only worry is to go down.
Thank you very much again.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:00 PM
(Gonna move this to our hosting forum.)
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:31 AM
just make sure your ip address/ and the servers physical location is still in the same country
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