[theforum] movement for redesign

Jeff Howden jeff at jeffhowden.com
Wed Aug 13 02:47:17 CDT 2003


> From: Martin Burns
> > Like it.  Although I'm quite sure google correctly
> > reacts to 30x and while retaining the 'old' address
> > in the index, it correctly spiders the content, and
> > when you click thru from your results, you go to the
> > new url - google has done this with links to my old
> > URL (which has a sitewide Redirect on it) for a while
> > now.
> I vaguely recall the last URL schema change we had -
> Google coped fine iirc

your recollection is correct, however, the details are muddy.

we changed from the old gray/rgb design december of 2000.

google hadn't started doing deep crawls on dynamic sites until october of
2000, so pagerank to any page other than the homepage was a non-issue as it
had barely been established, if at all.

the only reason left for the link scheme redirect was to catch any links out
on the web that might be to old material and move the visitor to its new
location.  that didn't take long as we hadn't amassed a ton of links yet.

today is quite a different story.  there are tons of links to all sorts of
things on weo.  it's all those links that contribute to our pagerank.  if
those links point to addresses that suddenly start performing redirects, all
that pagerank will be gone and we'll suddenly disappear from relevance for
searches related to web development.  i don't think i need to say that
that's something we should avoid at all costs.


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