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i have 2 domains, can i use both on 1 website?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by hokuspokus, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. hokuspokus

    hokuspokus Regular Member

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    Hello!

    i own 2 domains for example domain2015 & domain2016, as 2015 soon is over i want to use the 2016 domain instead, can i use both of them with same content?
     
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    lightningblitz Elite Member

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    You have a few options. One is redirect the new domain to the old. The other option is download the website from 2015 to the new website and redirect the old website to the new one.

    Either way both domain names will be associated with the same content.
     
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  3. hokuspokus

    hokuspokus Regular Member

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    if i redirect the old website to the new one i will not lose the rankings that i already have with the website?
     
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    samifordnet Regular Member

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    Yes you will. You have to rank your new domain doing fresh SEO.
     
  5. lightningblitz

    lightningblitz Elite Member

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    Depending how extensive you are with redirects you will get back most of your rankings. Real businesses do this with their websites all the time and will recover for the most part.

    You will need to manually 404 redirect each old URL to the new URL. It will take a good bit of time.
     
  6. ChanzGrande

    ChanzGrande Elite Member

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    301 redirect is your best bet in this situation, and of course you can simply use .htaccess to redirect EVERY url from the old site to every url on the new site. If these are wordpress, it's pretty easy to download your site files and sql and re-create the entire existing site on the 2016 domain. Once the new site is entirely in-tact you can go do the 301 redirect in .htaccess of the 2015 site, and that's it. All link juice will flow through, and your new domain will soon overtake the rankings of the original.

    Not sure what everyone is carrying on about here. The above is the simplest approach to maintaining rankings on the new site. Using a 404 in this scenario can often lead to loss of rankings when the 2015 urls get dropped from the G index.
     
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  7. meverest8

    meverest8 Newbie

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    I am almost positive that when you go into your control panel you can set it to redirect.
     
  8. lightningblitz

    lightningblitz Elite Member

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    Ment to type 301, some how typed 404. Sweet jesus I am having a rough day typing on the internet.

    @ OP: Davers is suggesting what I was trying to suggest. Ignore my retarded ramblings. Davers is suggesting the 'best' way to do this.
     
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  9. bmminc

    bmminc Regular Member

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    Yeah man, best bet is to 301 redirect. That is actually what it is supposed to be used for.
    It basically takes all of your links and everything, and points them all to your new domain.
     
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  10. bermanHost

    bermanHost Regular Member

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    Yes why not. You can do it for sure. You are just pointing the same server containing the content for the two different domain names that's it.
     
  11. johniscool

    johniscool Newbie

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    You do not need to download your site or do any of that. It is super simple to change over. If you have CPanel, go to AddOn domains. Add the new domain and point it to the same place as the old domain. Now both sites have the same content.

    Now go to redirects and write a 301 redirect from the old to the new.

    Boom. Problem solved. If you need more help, please PM me. I can write the htaccess for the 301 to move correctly.
     
  12. bermanHost

    bermanHost Regular Member

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    Not only cPanel, Addon option is available in almost all the control panel. But to my experience cpanel is really good and easy to learn.