Brokers who are migrating content from an old website to their new website with Propertybase may wish to index their old website’s pages to ensure that all pre-existing URLs are properly redirected to a new page on the Propertybase website.
This process is also known as “Site Crawling” and can be done with any number of site crawling tools available on the internet. Some examples include ScreamingFrog, SEMRush, Moz Pro, Ahreds, or DeepCrawl. However, this is not an exhaustive list and Propertybase does not endorse any particular tool for this purpose. We encourage you to carefully research the tool that is right for you.
Once an index of all the site pages is available, Brokers can bulk import a document into Propertybase GO that matches the old site’s URLs to the new site’s URLs. In many cases, there may be an exact match to the site pages on old and new sites. In other cases, there may not be an exact match, for instance, a page has been merged or deleted. In these instances, these “orphaned” pages should be redirected to a page on the new website.
Step by Step
- Use the site crawler of your choice to manually pull your site’s indexable pages. This gives you a full list of every page on your site, even some that might be “hidden.”
- Organize those pages into categories like “area profiles,” “listing pages,” “content pages,” etc.
- Create a list of the new pages that have been recreated on the new Propertybase GO website.
- Line them up in a spreadsheet so that the “old page path” correctly corresponds to the “new path.” Do not include the domain, just the page path. For example, in www.123.com/area/town1, the page path is just /area/town1.
- Use this spreadsheet to upload the new redirects to your site. Once the domain registration is updated, all these redirects will take effect as if the domains were the same.
Note: Pages that have identical page paths on the old domain and the new domain do not need to be redirected. Once the domain switch happens, the system will see no difference between the two pages and the redirects will happen automatically.