Few topics confuse and scare webmasters more than site moves. To help you avoid surprises, we've created an in-depth guide on how to handle site moves in a Googlebot-friendly way. So what, exactly, is a site move and how do you go about moving a site correctly?
Basics of site movesA site move is, broadly, one of two types of content migrations:
- Site moves without URL changes. Only the underlying infrastructure serving the website is changed without any visible changes to the URL structure. For example, you might move www.example.com to a different hosting provider while keeping the same URLs and site structure on www.example.com.
- Site moves with URL changes. Here, the URLs on the website change in any number of ways:
- The protocol: http://www.example.com to https://www.example.com
- The domain name: example.com to example.net
- The URL paths: http://example.com/page.php?id=1 to http://example.com/widget
Moving to responsive web designA related increasingly-common question we're seeing is how can a website move from having separate mobile URLs or dynamic serving to using responsive web design. To help you implement this configuration change, please see this new page on our smartphones recommendations site.
And, as always, please ask on our Webmaster Help forums if you have more questions.