We are a web app for icons and we've got 2 versions of our app:

Both apps are useful; the old one works well on mobile, while the new is not responsive yet.

What should we do?

  1. Keep both copies
  2. Do redirects from old to new
  3. Much harder way — make new app responsive and replace the old app with a new one

2 Answers 2


If, as you say, both apps are useful, you should keep them both.

However from what I see, the new one should be an evolution of the first, no? If so, you would be upgrading the first to the second, keeping only one.

I would upgrade the new one, make it responsive, look great and then keep just one, upgrading the first. For this you would keep the same URL so no redirected needed.

  • Exactly. The problem it will take about a month of development so I wanted to know how bad are the solutions 1 and 2.
    – Ivan Braun
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 16:26
  • as they are different sites you don't have problems like duplicate content, so keeping both shouldn't be a problem. About redirecting or not, is up to you and your business strategy. Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 18:33

If the content is 1 to 1 the same, then you can use the origin special header to let search engines know which page to view as the correct page.

So in your case BOTH pages would have this in their <head> block:

<link rel="canonical" href="http://icons8.com/web-app/73/Home"/>

That way is very SEO friendly. It means, though, that people will be sent to that new page (web-app) even if they have the old app. Yet again, if the content is the same, it wouldn't matter.

Now, if all of that content is not to be indexed anyway. That doesn't matter at all.

# robots.txt
Disallow: /icons
Disallow: /web-app

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