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How to create a 301 Redirect away from my webspace?

Question asked by brucegale on Jul 6, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 9, 2015 by shaw-lance

Hi there,

 

I run a Bed and Breakfast out of my home and I've used my Shaw webspace for a website for our bed and breakfast for many years.

 

http://members.shaw.ca/bonaventure/

 

I've now decided to switch to a different host and get my own domain name. My new site is hosted at

 

http://www.calgarybedandbreakfast.com

 

I would like to be able to set up permanent redirect from my old webspace to my new website. This is especially important because I don't want to lose my Google Search ranking. I have a legacy hosting account so I am able to FTP into it. I was hoping I could set it up with an .htaccess file. Here is the current file I was trying to use, as an example. I just tried to redirect one of my old pages to the new page.

 

Redirect 301 /autorefer.html http://www.calgarybedandbreakfast.com/reservations/

 

It doesn't work however. When I try testing the redirect for this page, I get back HTTP 200, not the 301 that I want.

 

$ curl --head -L http://members.shaw.ca/bonaventure/autorefer.html

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:44:10 GMT

Server: Apache/2.2.25 (Unix) mod_ldap_userdir/1.1.19

Last-Modified: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 01:25:43 GMT

ETag: "3bf4df-885-396affd4913c0"

Accept-Ranges: bytes

Content-Length: 2181

Content-Type: text/html

 

Does anyone know if the legacy Shaw webspace supports 301 redirects?

 

I know Shaw says they don't support .htaccess tech support, but I'd be happy to pay for tech support for a solution, or pay for Shaw Business Hosting or something along those lines if I was able to get this. It's very important for us to not lose our Google search ranking, and 301 redirects are the best way to accomplish that.

 

Can anyone recommend a different redirect approach that would work with Shaw webspace?

 

Thanks very much!

Bruce

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