So I am looking to completely redesign a site, keep the domain name, but change the host. Every damn article / tutorial for successful website migration I was looking at is assuming that the old site/domain will still be live - to host the .htaccess file.

In my case, the client has a site with some company (one of those cheap site-builder companies for beginners). I need to completely redesign the layout and content of the site, move it to a new host and keep the domain and SEO juice - surprisingly, the site has a very good ranking.

What is the best way to go about this ? Thank you.

  • The old site will not be live. Once you point the domain to the new host the old site is dead. Doesn't matter if the files are still there or not. – John Conde Apr 16 '15 at 17:41
  • that "duplicate" is absolutely not related to my scenario here... The thing is, once I stop using the services of the old host, they will shut down the hosting completely. In order to do a 301 redirect, all traffic still has to go through the old site. It doesn't have to be live, but the htaccess file has to be stored somewhere. – Mike94 Apr 16 '15 at 21:46
  • But how are users going to get to it if the domain no longer points there? Your .access with the redirects go in your new site. – John Conde Apr 16 '15 at 22:51
  • Ye, now I figured out that the access file is hosted on the new server. Don't know why I assumed it has to be on the old one (which kind of made more sense to me) - I guess because everyone was recommending that the old site stays live. – Mike94 Apr 17 '15 at 12:41