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Old 09 Sep 2013, 21:30
malderforoz malderforoz is offline
 
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Redirection to keep positioning phpbb to vbulletin

Hello, please excuse me for the language

I'm migrating from a forum pphbb2

To adapt in the best way, I would like to give me support to complete the adaptation of the best possible

The main problem is not losing search engine position, I wish I could adapt or redirect the current sentence rewrite code for the new vbulletin forums.

For users accessing from the currently indexed url, message reach the destination without problems.

Thank you for your esteemed help
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Old 10 Sep 2013, 02:34
xenite xenite is offline
 
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If you had a lot of threads in the old forum and your new forum cannot publish the exact same URLs there is no practical method to accomplish what you're asking.

I would do a RedirectMatch on the old forum URL and point it to a new thread that explains the change.

The search engines will crawl your site and reindex everything.

What is important is that you not simply abandon all those old URLs; you need the internal PageRank (not the value you see in the toolbar) to drive crawl to your new forums.
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Old 10 Sep 2013, 15:36
malderforoz malderforoz is offline
 
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Xenite Hi, thanks for your answer

I have read that there is a program that generates rules .htaccess and php script that locates the ids of the table for accurate redirection of the old message to the new message
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Old 10 Sep 2013, 15:53
xenite xenite is offline
 
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Originally Posted by malderforoz View Post
Xenite Hi, thanks for your answer

I have read that there is a program that generates rules .htaccess and php script that locates the ids of the table for accurate redirection of the old message to the new message
That sounds really scary, but unless I can see it I can't evaluate it.

The thing with .htaccess is that the file is checked for each and every file that is fetched from your server. The server may cache the file in memory but if you load it up with thousands of redirects you're going to see your server performance slow down considerably.

Just create an explanatory page and redirect all the old URLs there. I understand your concern about losing search engine referral traffic but you have made the change and no matter what you do there will be consequences.

Depending on how large your forum is it may take only a couple of months (maybe six) for the search engines to get everything sorted out. But you'll never see exactly the same kind of traffic going forward because you changed the mix in a big way.

Just grow your traffic from where you are. Trying to save traffic you just walked away from or lost is never part of search engine optimization.
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