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Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?

Yes - altering a HOSTS file locally to redirect a domain to an IP isn't the same as simply typing in that IP into the browser. The reason why is that in shared hosting, one IP address houses multiple ...
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Potential concerns or gains from buying and hosting content on a domain that has been redirecting for 17 years?

You really have nothing to worry about in this case. Google understands that domains are bought, sold, and reused all the time. It's not an issue that the domain hasn't hosted content before and has ...
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Should I disallow crawling of HTTP after moving to HTTPS?

If you're already 301 redirecting HTTP traffic to HTTPS then you've got the biggest step already done. Any links to HTTP pages will get redirected to the relevant HTTPS page, and search engines will ...
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Does changing a website's platform affect its SEO?

Any used framework under the hood has no effect on the SEO. What it matters SEO wise is the front-end (on Site SEO), and the off-site SEO. Generally any structural, mark-up, content changes have ...
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How can I migrate Plesk to WHM efficiently

In WHM (v11.46) there is an option under Home » Transfers » Transfer Tool (in older version it was Copy an Account From Another Account). Here, under Advanced option, choose Remote Server Type: ...
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Visiting website without nameservers

cPanel can do this by going to the following url: http://[ip-address]/~[cPanel-username]
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301 Redirects to one single page

Well, to determine the "best" answer, I'd want to know if you plan to bring back the blog posts that have not been migrated or if they are permanently removed from your website. If they are ...
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How do I handle a LOT of redirects when migrating a medium sized site?

I would very much like to use wildcard redirects where possible (like in the directory structure that contains 2,000 MP3 files). If your server software is apache, then you can use the rewrite module ...
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Will altering my HOSTS file allow me to access sites that can't be directly accessed via IP?

The short answer is yes. Adding the domain name and IP to your HOSTS file will resolve the domain, locally, to the IP you have entered. When you then visit that domain in your web browser, along with ...
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Does having your domain and web host at the same company reduce DNS propagation times?

Propagation times are controlled by the time to live (TTL) that is set on the DNS record. The only way to get DNS changes live faster is to have a shorter TTL specified. GoDaddy may be offering ...
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Server was down for 4 hours. What will be the impact on SERPs?

There should be no impact on your search engine rankings for an outage that lasts less than 24 hours. Google understands that occasional outages are unavoidable. They don't de-index pages or un-rank ...
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How can I tar.gz a huge directory on a shared host? The process keeps getting killed

it seems to me, the archiving procedure lets the tarball grow and if the tarball becomes (together with all other data) bigger then the available place in your booked hosting, the server kills the ...
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In which webmaster property should I submit the HTTPS sitemap after moving site from HTTP to HTTPS?

You should submit the HTTPS sitemap to the HTTPS property. If your URLs are of the form https://www.example.com/path/to/file then that would be the https://www.example.com property. The fact that you ...
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How to move posts from a website to another without hurting SEO?

To make the transition as seamless as possible, redirect each page from the old B site url, to its new location in the new A site url.
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Do I need to re-index my site in Google Search Console when migrating from Wix to WordPress with new hosting?

When you moved to Wix to WordPress, your URLs likely changed. You need to implement 301 permanent redirects between every Wix URL to every WordPress URL. Here is an article about Wix to WordPress ...
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Least SEO-disruptive HTTPS migration strategy

install certificate for the main domain and all subdomains make site accessible with https, check all subdomain combinations change all internal links in the whole codebase to https check twice, ...
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Is it a Good Practice to move a blog from HTTP to HTTPS?

Google deals with HTTPS redirection absolutely fine and maintaining the ranking. Generally, when you move to HTTPS, you may not notice a ranking drop at all. In some cases even if there will be a ...
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How to use htaccess file for site migration?

Creating a new URL like "old.example.com" has absolutely no value here. You'll just confuse Google and run the risk of appearing spammy - they don't like "gateway" domains and it might appear like ...
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Will changing my backend systems or CMS hurt my search engine rankings?

If you will plan well then you should be fine. Key things in planning: URL management: You should build system so that old URLs should redirect to respective new ones. At least for those pages where ...
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Will changing a site from no-www to using www affect SEO?

as long as you 301 redirect the 'naked' (i.e. non-www) domain to the www, you should be fine.
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Would search engines penalize migrating to a new blogging platform while keeping the same content and URLs?

Google doesn't care about the serverside engine only indirectly it affects your resulting page. And this you can check via: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ Indirectly all of ...
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Changing GA property after changing domain?

That does depend on how it's set up, as there may be a number of different things. A good checklist to follow is: Update the settings on the property with the new domain. Exactly what you need to ...
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Google Analytics - Is there a way to import Universal Analytics property data into Google Analytics 4 property

There is no way to migrate historical data from Universal Analytics (UA) to Google Analytics 4 (GA4). When you migrate, you can avoid data loss by dual-tagging. That is include both GA4 tags and UA ...
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When changing domains and renaming pages are redirects really necessary? How long do they need to be in place?

Any invalid URLs should serve a "410 Gone" error with a message informing the user that the page they are requesting no longer exists, and with links to the top-level site pages. How you do ...
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Would my SEO be impacted if I migrated posts from Tumblr to a hosted WordPress solution?

You should not have any negative SEO impacts if you do the transition the way you are describing, with 301 redirects. Per a Google Webmaster Tools Help page, https://support.google.com/webmasters/...
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How to redirect domain from www.example.it to www.example.eu?

If possible, try to use only one 301 redirection. 301 redirects transfer SEO juice, but you lose a part of it for every one of them (around 10-15%). You should make a rule to redirect specific cases ...
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How long should I wait before adding content to a 'moved' website?

You can use the new domain right away. Trust Google to index it anew properly. Just make sure you have done Change of Address in Google Webmasters Tools. That way Google knows its you and transfers ...
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How long should I wait before adding content to a 'moved' website?

You can use the domain A right now if you want. The only issue you can think about is URLs which already existed on your old site on domain A because users could be redirected to the domain B. Make ...
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How can I move a website from Drupal to WordPress without affecting the Google ranking

Google does not care which backend you use. If you keep exactly the same content, frontend (i.e., same HTML, CSS, JS etc.) and URLs, search engines wouldn’t even notice that you switched to a ...
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SEO issue when migrating to wordpress – changing urls and file names etc

When migrating from HTML to WordPress, the main thing to be kept in mind is the permalink structure. By default HTML pages have the extension of .html while WordPress URLs have no extensions. (You can ...
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