Openshift cloud provided by RedHat have told us to "set up a CNAME record with your DNS provider" if we need to use a custom domain in PaaS.

What SEO problem will occur when we install WordPress on PaaS?

  • somebody please help.
    – Indra
    Jan 22, 2014 at 13:06
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    What makes you think there will be problems?
    – John Conde
    Jan 22, 2014 at 13:46
  • since we can only update CNAME name and not the set the name servers.. open shift provide a sub domain. And we can only use our domain as alias. What seo problem will cause when we use alias and update the .htaccess. ?
    – Indra
    Jan 22, 2014 at 15:03
  • None, as long as you make sure the page can only be seen on 1 URL. Jan 22, 2014 at 15:15
  • i strongly doubt since i am transferring my website to PaaS. All the links are indexed. and also ranked. But now here we use them as alias. The actual link is different. Which will be ranked? Can we control this in .htaccess?
    – Indra
    Jan 22, 2014 at 15:36

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TLDR: If your DNS records are setup properly your URL links shouldn't care or know that you've switched server backends and SEO won't be affected.

All RedHat OpenShift plans come with custom domains, which is what you'll need to maintain your SEO rankings.

So long as your file structure stays the same from your previous server (or at least maps the same way) you shouldn't run into problems with SEO as the paths will not have changed.

If you don't choose to use a custom domain however, you will be forced to use OpenShift's subdomaining, and you will lose your link ranking without setting up address forwarding.

Using custom domains with OpenShift: https://www.openshift.com/blogs/custom-url-names-for-your-paas-applications-host-forwarding-and-cnames-the-openshift-way

  • Which domain will be indexed? the rhcloud domain or out custom domain? What about the existing ranking? How will google index our website after the shifting?
    – Indra
    Jan 30, 2014 at 16:01

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