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    Redirect Visitor (2000)

    <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23> Our old shopping cart address was:

    http://www.tlcgiftbasketsllc.com/Merchant4...&Store_Code=TGL

    How do we redirect traffic to our new Merchant 2 address?

    We have created a newstore.htm page, recreated the Merchant4/merchant.mv/ subdirectory and placed it there; however, when we publish the site, FrontPage adds the subdirectory to our navigation bar and visitors see links to files in the subdirectory, one of which is the new page.

    We just want to redirect visitors by presenting them with a link to the new address when they click on the search engine link that is out of date. Where in our site do we physically place the file that includes the redirect info and what coding is required?

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    Re: Redirect Visitor (2000)

    Check out these two links from PaulJ and Leif <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=front&Number=23832&Sear ch=true&Forum=front&Words=redirect&Match=And&Searc hpage=0&Limit=25&Old=allposts&Main=23373>http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthread...osts&Main=23373</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=front&Number=92492&Sear ch=true&Forum=front&Words=redirect&Match=And&Searc hpage=0&Limit=25&Old=allposts&Main=92329>http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthread...osts&Main=92329</A>

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    Re: Redirect Visitor (2000)

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Still a novice; however, these links seem to describe how to redirect from an old site. Our problem is that the link to our Miva Merchant shopping cart within our site changed, not the site address. That link has been picked up by search engines and is no longer valid. Do we have to recreate the subdirectory within our site and place the coding suggested on a new page there? If so, how do we keep FrontPage from placing a link to that new subdirectory on our theme nav bar?

    Site: http://tlcgiftbasketsllc.com/
    Old: http://www.tlcgiftbasketsllc.com/Merchant4...&Store_Code=TGL
    New: http://www.tlcgiftbasketsllc.com/Merchant2...&Store_Code=TGL

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    Re: Redirect Visitor (2000)

    If I understand your question correctly. The search engines are linked to a page that no longer exists on your site?
    Then I would recreate the page and use the refresh meta tag discussed refered to in the previous post.
    I would also use a "no bots" meta tag to prevent this page (the old one) from being added to other search engines (you are trying to solve this problem after all). The no bots (or is it no spiders <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 alt=thinks width=15 height=15>) tag tells the search engine not to include the page in the search engine's database of pages.
    And I would resubmit my new pages to the search engines in question.
    Another meta tag you might want to consider is the expiry meta tag. It tells the search engine <font color=blue>not</font color=blue> to include your page in search results after a specific date.
    a good resource for this kind of information is: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.searchenginewatch.com>http://www.searchenginewatch.com</A>.
    These tags are not specific to FrontPage, you will be able to use them in Dreamweaver as well.
    If you need help with the syntax of the nobots(spiders?) tag and the expire tag - Just ask!

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    Re: Redirect Visitor (2000)

    Thanks again, but no. It's not a page on our site, just a link to a Miva Merchant shopping cart. No page exists on which to place redirect code, although we can create one if we just knew where to put it without FrontPage adding it to our theme nav bar. We have recreated the Merchant4 subdirectory and placed a redirect page there; however, FrontPage adds it to our nav bar.

    When installing Miva Merchant on our site, a subdirectory is created that forwards the visitor to the Miva server where our shopping cart resides. The path changed from the Merchant4 subdirectory to Merchant2 when we upgraded.

    We just want to refer folks who click on the spidered Merchant4 bad link, to the correct Merchant2 link. Guess we can wait for Google to spider us again. Thanks.

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    Re: Redirect Visitor (2000)

    If it were me, I'd use an FTP agent - we use <A target="_blank" HREF=http://in.deerfield.com/>Internet neighborhood</A> which adds your web sites to Explorer. (Available as a 30-day trial).
    Create the folder and page and just copy and paste them to the web.

    Believe it or not, FP is not perfect when it comes to publishing! If you delete files locally in FP, then publish the web, it normally picks up there extra are files on the web and asks if you want to delete them. If you delete them locally - using Explorer - FP usually misses the fact they are still on the web and won't offer to delete them. So, if you create files and FTP them up, FP won't have them on your navbar, and won't delete them from the web.

    Failing that, create the extra folder and page normally, letting FP add them to the navbar, and publish. Delete the new additions, re-publish, and when asked if you want to delete the new files, just say No!

    Might be worth a try!

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