[ic] Search engines reindexing when moving to Interchange fromanother shopping cart

Jon prtyof5 at attglobal.net
Sun Aug 29 22:23:42 EDT 2004

> We have recently moved a site onto Interchange from another shopping cart
> and wish to encourage the search engines to reindex the site.
> Currently, any old pages return the "missing.html" page which is informative
> enough to a human, but from looking at the Apache logs it still seems to
> return a Status 200 OK.
> So, I am thinking of changing the missing.html page to the following:
> ########
> [tag op=header interpolate=1]
> Status: 301 moved
> Location: [area href="index.html"]
> [/tag]
> ########
> so that any missing page is redirected to the home page and returns a
> "Status 301, moved (permanently)".
> Is this a sensible approach, or should I be doing something different?
> Also, we have registered both the .co.uk and .com variants of the domain
> name.  The .com is the main site, but we would like to forward the .co.uk to
> the .com.  What is the correct way to do this so that the search engines
> recognise the .com as the main site and the .co.uk as just an alias.  I
> guess the first step is to set up a CNAME DNS entry for the .co.uk to point
> to the .com?  But the only problem then is that the .co.uk address is
> displayed in the browser bar if the user arrives at the site by typing in
> the .co.uk domain name.  I would like the address bar to always show the
> .com, but I am also concerned to ensure that the .co.uk is not seen as
> duplicate content (that may lead to penalisation by Google).
> I realise my last question is a little off-topic (i.e. not specifically
> Interchange related), but I can't seem to find a definitive answer anywhere
> else so would be really grateful for some help here.  :-)

    I believe the prescribed approach for a .co.uk and .com is to use a 301


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