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Not breaking links, when porting existing sites


When you moved JOS over to CD, how did you preserve the millions of existing links that other sites have pointing to your pages?

Any recommendations or strategies to not return 404s to users and search engines?

Eugene Chan
Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Joel has said that he put up redirects on the old URLs so that they would point to the new URLs.

Brad Wilson
Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Yep, I just made a bunch of redirects. I actually wrote a custom script for this purpose.

There was one additional problem... the old URLs were of the form:$79

What's weird about that URL? You got it -- no .html extension! So the web server didn't know how to serve the files. To get around this I actually created a subdirectory named storyReader$79 and put an index.html in there with the redirect.

Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, January 22, 2002

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