Our band uses a very successful website hosted by Orange (originally Freeserve) operated on a pay-as-you-go service via a slow-speed 56kbps link. I have failed to use our Talktalk broadband modem to log on to the Freeserve FTP site for edits and uploads to the webpage. Orange appears not to offer the option to change the package to a regular broadband account while retaining the URL, although I would be prepared to pay the monthly subscription. So it seems that I'm stuck with the 56kbps link.
Our computer will need replacing soon and it appears that new machines do not have built in 56kbps modems and you can't buy an add-on devices with Windows 8 driver support.
If I make a one-off change to the site to auto-redirect to a new, broad-band supported site, will this degrade the excellent (middle of page 1) ranking that Google gives us? Or will Google just follow the redirect (as per all our other viewers) and rank the new page with the same success as the old site?
I cannot just abandon the old site since I have worked hard to get several hundred good incoming links, and it's unreasonable to expect those webmasters to alter their links at my request to any new site of mine
Here's further details of my situation on 28/2/14 in response to 2 kind-hearted replies to my original question. I regret that the replies are using terminology I don't understand.
The existing site is a subdomain of the old freeserve group; the URL is .....fsnet.co.uk. Obviously I don't own this in anyway except that Freeserve (now Orange) have allocated the full URL - or do I mean the subdomain part of it - to me. At least, I hope they have - I certainly don't expect that anyone else can buy/steal/acquire my site and get control of it. I don't have any contract with Orange because the webspace (and so the URL agreed with Orange) were a part of an earlier pay-as-you-go landline telephone contract.
I could of course set up a duplicate site on webspace provided by my broadband supplier (yes - Talktalk! No-one sorrier than me), thereby avoiding any need to use a 56kbps modem. Since the new site would have a different URL the links I've worked hard to acquire for the ...fsnet.co.uk site would not be seen as incoming, and I'm sure Google would therefore be less impressed.
The question is ... if I then replace the whole of the ...fsnet.co.uk site with a simple instantaneous redirect to this prospective ...talktalk.net site, will Google accept that the incoming links to ...fsnet.co.uk are really to be credited to the ....talktalk.net site, so that it then acquires the ranking of the old ...fsnet.co.uk site ? I think it's impractical to contact the webmasters for all the incoming links and ask them to link to the new ...talktalk.net URL instead of their old links. Too much to ask.