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Delete Old Site after 301 redirect (WP)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by pepe7, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. pepe7

    pepe7 Newbie

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    I have changed my site's domain and host.
    The URL structure is the same.
    I added this to the top of old wordpress installation .htacess


    #Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http ://OLD-DOMAIN/$1 [R=301,L]


    I set the 301 on google webmasters tools from old domain to new domain.


    It has been just a week since I've made all the changes, so it is still quite a mix on the serp. Some queries only return new domain, others old domain, but most are returning both.


    I know that this is normal, and that it may take up to several months to google only return the new domain.


    The old site is on a limited space disk host account, so I would like to deleted it.


    My question is:


    What can I delete and what should I keep on the server, so the crawlers can "read" the 301 from the .htacess?


    I just wish to keep the minumin necessary so the 301 takes effect, and save disk space.


    Thank you.
     
  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You gonna need at least 6 months....personally I leave them infinitely.

    Also, you don't need any disk space for that, a single configuration file or .htaccess is enough. You don't even need log files....
     
  3. pepe7

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    Thanks bartosimpsonio

    So, I can delete everything from the old server, except the .htacess file?
     
  4. GriffonVult

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    Doesn't matter whether you delete the rest of the files or keep them. When Google bot reads your htaccess file it will be redirected to your new URL either way.
     
  5. pepe7

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    Hey GriffonVult

    Thank you for the reply.

    I know it doesnt matter to google. But It matters to me. The cheap host account I'm using to host the old site, has limited disk space available

    So, since I know it does not matter to google whether I delete it or not, I would like to delete and use the disk space for other stuff.

    My question is: What can I delete via ftp so I can save the space, but still allow bots to read the .htacess file.

    May I delete all wordpress files except .htacess?
     
  6. GriffonVult

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    Just create a backup of your wordpress install. Download a zip of your entire folder, and download your wordpress database via PHPMyAdmin, then delete them on your host and just keep your .htaccess file which includes the redirect.