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Migrating From Volusion To Magento Keeping Same Domain Using 301 Redir

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#1 s2bkevin


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 11:17 PM

We are thinking about migrating our site from Volusion to Magento due to traffic reasons, our site's been growing and we're going way over the bandwidth limit (40gb) for Volusion every month.  It only make sense for us to start on Magento CE where we can host it on our site and use our own bandwidth.  We will be using the same domain, and changing our URLs to make things better (we were somewhat restricted by Volusion so we couldn't optimize some of our URL addresses).  Here's comes the main question, since we are ranking pretty good for the keywords that we're targeting, we ABSOLUTELY DON'T want to lose any traffic or ranking from our pages, I know that there's something called the 301 redirect that we can use, but how can this be done? When we migrate the site, we will need to point our domain to Magento from Volusion, so basically Volusion store will be down... if we are changing domain names then the 301 redirect makes sense because we can have the original store live while it's redirecting to a completely new address.  Is there any method to still setup this 301 redirect, or is there something else I can do to save our rankings??? Thanks in advance!


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:25 AM

See this 301 redirect thread.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:36 AM

Comment: whatever you do, test test test.


The redirect thread is a great resource.  I have one magento shop, a zencart shop, previously several Joomla/Virtuemart shops (converted now).  All these services have their programming/URL conventions/structures, some with people-friendly URL names.


Converting from one CMS to another, one shopping cart to another, does not necessarily mean that you will end up with a similar, 1:1 relationship, very likely a new URL structure and new table IDs.


If it were always that easy, you could use one of the redirect functions that translates A to B, case closed. However you go about this, once you get the .htaccess file in hand, test until you're blue in the face. Maybe you'll end up having to make a thousand custom entries to make it work, maybe just a few to fill in the gaps.


Regarding Magento, in my experience, unless you are opting for one of their paid/licensed solutions, support is sketchy at best. There is FAQ information available but the forum support is awful, dreadful.  Zen-cart may not be up to the sophistication level of magento, but the forum support is active. If your CMS specialist is already Magento (or whatever) educated, then this may not be a concern.

Edited by bobmeetin, 07 January 2014 - 07:16 PM.

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