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  • #50331

    PaulC999
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    I have an SEO/Wordpress question. Apologies if it is submitted in the wrong place.

    I am in the process of replacing an existing website consisting of an index page and about twenty linked pages.

    My new website is based on the Magazine theme will have the content of the old site with the addition of a blog with articles to be added periodically.

    My new index page will be located at mydomainname.co.uk/index.php and the rest of the site will be located in mydomainname.co.uk/blog/……

    I already have a google verification reference and I am assuming I should simply include this in my new index page but I’m not sure if the same reference should be used for related pages and blog.

    Suggestions would be appreciated.

    • This topic was modified 1 year ago by  PaulC999.
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    #50347

    blogjunkie
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    Hi! You should still keep the verification code on index.php. I assume that you are asking because you want to verify your site in Google Webmaster Tools.

    Also, if your post URLs have not changed then you have nothing to worry about. Meaning, if an existing post has a url mydomainname.co.uk/2013/07/post-name/ and your new site has the new URL, Google won’t miss a beat and will still be able to find your posts.

    P.S. Please take my advice with a pinch of salt I am not a SEO expert :)


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    #50383

    PaulC999
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    Thanks for your time blogjunkie. I really appreciate the advice.

    #50393

    anitac
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    Was your previous website on the Genesis Framework and are you merely changing child themes? Was it based on a Framework at all because the News Child Theme doesn’t have an index.php template. How did you input the SEO into the current theme?


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    #50498

    blogjunkie
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    Well you can avoid modifying your templates altogether by using a plugin like Yoast’s WordPress SEO – it has a setting where you can add the meta verification code to your site, no matter what theme you are using.


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    #50526

    PaulC999
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    I have created a new index page using the style and appearance of the the magazine theme. Seoul for the new index page was a simple matter of transferring it over from the old page.

    My old website worked Ok except that it was not responsive and I was losing business as potential clients are using iPhones more often than they used to.

    All linked pages haven reproduced within the theme together with some blog posts which I not done before. I have installed Yoast SEO into which I have inserted the same google and bing verification references.

    All old we ages have got a permenent redirect to the relevant content in the WordPress replacement.
    The new website has only been up for a few hours and its too early to say if the is any damage.

    #50566

    PaulC999
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    Sorry, my last post was typed on my mobile and there are more than a few mistakes. I hope the following explains it better.

    My new index page strictly-driving.co.uk is a copy of the theme (I wanted it to match) and stands alone in the domain directory. The SEO from my previous web page was simply copied over.

    All of the linked pages are produced in the theme which is saved in a sub directory of the domain.

    I have not deleted any of the old pages, I have placed a permanent redirect to the relevant content in the new theme website.

    There were two reasons for the change. Stats suggested I was losing work because my original site was not responsive. I wanted to start a blog that would be related to the main website. wordpress/studiopress seemed to be a sensible approach.

    Thanks again to all those who have taken the time to reply to my ramblings.

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