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Domain name migration without losing SEO

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How did that even come up?

I originally started writing another post last week but in the meantime I did a domain name migration. What is a domain name migration you will ask? It is the act of migrating content from a domain to another domain. Not host, domain. If this was about host migration there would be no need for a post as the changes would be straightforward. People may give you a different or more precise description but it is basically what I did. And also what it sounds like. I like to name things so that when they are described or revealed they turn out to be pretty much what you expect. It’s like coding. If I have a piece of code with a method boolean validatePassword(string username, string password) when looking at the code you pretty much expect to see some user retrieval and maybe encoded password validation. You definitely do not expect a session to be started or anything funny like that. Enough with this, let’s get back onto today’s topic. Domain name migration.

Why would I do that?

I decided to separate my blog from my main domain iamnguele.com a couple of weeks ago as I picked a new pseudo that you may have noticed by now: Coding Nagger. Why that name and why move only the blog? I thought I should pick a different and more playful pseudo than IamNguele. IamNguele was more of a statement, some “Hey I’m here” kinda thing. Also, my english was not great and nguele.com was taken. On top of that, iamnguele gets me on top of the SEO rankings on my name. On top of that, I gain rankings for the search term coding nagger as you can see below.

coding nagger seo

More SEO power to me, even though mixed for now

Now, after five years living in London I like to think I somewhat improved my english speaking and writing skills. Also I picked a name that would be more fitting. The Coding part is pretty self-explanatory, and Nagger because I can try to push you something that I believe is the right thing whether you like it or not. Just to precise the context I’m talking about code reviews, solution analysis/design. So here we are, Coding Nagger and I still have not mentioned anything about domain name migration but you get the context at least.

say nagger

You understood that reference or you will

The challenges involved

Changing domain name in itself is relatively easy. Most hosting providers allow you to point and click your way through it even if you go for tech saavy stuff like Amazon Web Services. However, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration before you get started. If your website or blog is part of your personal brand and ranks well either you are a probably a pioneer in your field, no matter how niche it can be. If it is the case, congrats you may not need SEO as much as others such as myself.

What is SEO? I hear you ask. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. The rules seem to change pretty constantly and vary based on which search engine you use. Basically, put out quality content, stay on focus of the topic you want your article/blog/website to rank up and voila. The problem with domain name migration is that if you are not careful, it will take a while before your pages rank back up. It will happen because your search engine will consider that your “renamed” site is a new site. Therefore whatever counter or algorithm search engines use to rank sites will see your website as having a score of 0 out of 100 instead of let’s say 42 figuratively speaking.

Do your pages have a decent SEO rating? Do you intend to keep things like this? If the answer to either of this questions is no, feel free to skip the end of the post and rejoice for the now more useful introduction I gave you.

Eventually, you need to consider whether your existing website requires a SSL certificate and whether the links you find through your favorite search engine use the http or https protocol. If your website has secure links the they are likely to rank higher and be prioritised over their non-secure version by your browser or search enine.

Once you figured your constraints we (mostly you) can get to work.

SEO safe domain name migration in 3 easy steps!

This probably should have been the title of this post, really clickbait worthy. The gist of what needs to happen is redirecting your existing website links towards the new domain name. Let’s get down to business.

domain name migration shang

General Li Shang definitely knows what’s up

Step 1: Point your new domain to your content

If you do not have your new domain name, the obvious first step is to buy. Just the domain name, nothing more, nothing less, yet. Once you have the domain name, get it to point to the location where your existing website is hosted. Some hosting providers will allow you to do so with a couple clicks. If you manage your domain names separately from your hosting you will need to CNAME entries of your new domain yourself to point at the IP address where you host your website.

After a few minutes, you can try to access your website using your new domain name. You should be able to navigate it with the right links and the same structure you have for your existing domain.

Step 2: Keep the lock on if lock there was

You may remember that I mentioned something about http and https links visible through a search engine result page. If your existing website has its pages indexed with the https protocol prefix you have one last thing to deal with before setting up the redirect. You need to setup a SSL certificate so that browsers allow people to access your new site. Believe me, you do not want to just reassign the certificate to the new domain. I tried and had a micro-heart attack when I realised 5 minutes later that the links to my existing blog would not even open redirect or not. This is because if your website tells a browser it has a secure link but have no certificate it will simply be blocked. If it has an invalid certificate it will prompt users that your website is unsafe to access or stole another site’s certificate. Just buy a new certificate and assign it to your new domain. Keep the existing stuff where it is.

Step 3: Do the actual redirect

Here we do the easy bit. Your hosting provider should give you access to at least a FTP containing a bunch of folders and one of these contains your website. From there, you need to create a new folder sitting next to your website folder that will contain the .htaccess file where you shall write the permanent redirection configuration. Once that folder is created you will have to upload a .htaccess file with these contents:

Obviously you may replace www.codingnagger.com with your domain name unless you want to send me more traffic. I would be more than fine with that. Also, if you do not have nor require a SSL certificate on your existing and new domain, replace https with http.

Closing

Here I chose not to detail the specific of each step as there is multiple ways to achieve this for all providers. Also, for most hosting provider the process is trivial in itself and if you manage your domain name yourself you definitely know your way around your provider dashboard. The one thing you may need is a bit of experience, of guidance. A flow showing in which order you should proceed to avoid losing your SEO ranking. I mean, personally it did not go so bad. My blog went from top hit when googling myself to bottom of the first page with a title change on top of the domain change. Just look:

first page coding nagger

Still first page

Note that I had a look at some of my most popular posts, the one that have the best SEO rankings. Some still appear under the blog.iamnguele.com domain. Try to google nsattributedstring color image and see what comes up maybe not first everywhere but at least second.

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First 2 results on Bing

nsattributed string coding nagger google

Second on Google, not too shabby

This is why SEO matters. And I will update the post in a few days/weeks to see if it still pops up on top after Google’s indexer sees it as a codingnagger.com entry. It has been there for a couple years now and I doubt it changes. Unless I screwed up completely and give you an excellent reason to disregard this whole post.

Thank you for reading and hopefully this will help you doing some domain name migration without losing your content rankings. Till next time.

Catching up after 3 months without posts

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Noob Review

Long time no blog, loads of catching up to do. Surprisingly there is still a lot of people coming to read here despite the long absence. First of all, thank you for sticking around or swinging by if you are new here. My last post was a noob review that I published late March of this year. I made a quick review of a bit of software that the creator did not find to be fair.

For a time I contemplated updating the post but quickly realised it would defeat the purpose of what I want Noob Review to be. Noob review is about discovering something without studying it first, I litterally write it as I start using it. It takes me about two hours to finish taking up notes and screen shots then about a couple days to edit and format the post. I really want it to be a quick take on stuff.

Enough about Noob review. Let’s move onto the next topic.

Catching up on that job I left

For most of the past two years I worked in a company where I have been able to hone my skills as a developer. Surrounded by experienced and talented people I did grow into what I believe to be a senior. Yes, technically I was already seen as such but only seeing what I was able to deliver made me realise to which extent. It was an environment where I used to have my ideas challenged and challenge others ideas day in day out.

Such environment is great to learn how to validate your assertions more carefully and overall improve your thought process to come out on top of these challenges. It became a sort of game where most of my enjoyment laid. Intellectual jousts to build the best solution possible while considering time and money constraints were great. However, my enjoyment shifted over time. It shifted towards Tuesdays football games, Friday drinks and everything else involving the workplace except for the actual work.

This did last for a while before I came to the realisation that I grew bored of work. Not bored of working, more like bored with my job. Yet, I still loved building solutions as you know from my short-lived Hestya experience and that Coinzprofit app I built during that period of time. My problem was that I was not doing any of these things anymore at work. Any attempt of discussing a potential solution or improvement within the way we worked was seen as an offense. Our sort of technical council just became a bunch of people agreeing with each other. On top of that my backlog was running thin. One would be happy with having little work to do with the pay I had. I was not, I wanted to do meaningful work again.

That challenge I found

I looked for a new job about a month and got lucky enough to have more than one interesting offer to choose from. That is when I handed over my resignation in March and signed a contract to join BJSS. I believe is the right place to continue my progression. I started two months ago and I do enjoy it so far. Despite moving from the startup world to the corporate one it feels as friendly and open as a startup would. There are a couple more rules to adapt to but nothing too crazy. The biggest change I made is leaving my t-shirts home but now I use them for my gym sessions so I don’t miss them too much. By the way I will be taking part in a charity event for the Make-a-Wish foundation organised by Microsoft. Along with a BJSS sponsored team we will take on other companies by playing Unreal Tournament GOTY edition in a couple weeks time at the Microsoft Reactor. You can find more details about how to register your company and/or make donations to the event here.

Wrapping up

I believe that is enough catching up for now, I will try not to have such big breaks in the future and get back to my monthly-ish posting rythm. Thanks for swinging by and the next post will move back to more technical stuff. I guess that if there is something you need to remember from this post apart from the charity bit, it is that you need to do you. If you are not happy with where you are nor what you are doing it is likely to negatively affect you and those around you. Personally and professionally. Take care of yourself, maybe you need to talk to someone, maybe you need to exercise more, maybe you need to chill and take time to enjoy life. Maybe you need to change job. Just listen to yourself and you will be fine. Unless you’re wrong. This post is not the Bible or <insert book of wisdom you like to read like Bridget Jones’ baby>, just do whatever you feel is right to keep movin forth. You won’t live forever so better not waste time being unhappy.

Till next time!

 

Website arising and new stuff to come

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A new website has arisen people! For those who didn’t notice now when you enter www.iamnguele.com in your browser you don’t land anymore on the blog but on a webpage I put online a couple of days ago. It’s a very simple presentation page with some parallax to make it sexier, it didn’t take me days and days to build but I like it, looks nice and clear. I let you check it out if you haven’t yet.

New website page at www.iamnguele.com

New website page at www.iamnguele.com

I have been quite active over the past few weeks compared to the creation of that blog, it’s already my third post in less than ten days. Now that I’m kinda invested with that mission to help building meaningful software and tools I will definitely be more active in terms of new norms, development, technologies and of course, tutorials. I have a few thing in stock to write about and even to code, expect much more content to come than there has been in the past.

Plus I’m currently learning more languages as those will expend my knowledge and enable me to potentially find easier solutions to issues that might not be solved in a straightforward way with the languages I learned so far.

I also discovered that Neverwinter game that does not look bad on XBox One and I do enjoy playing it a couple of hours every once in a while, as much as League of Legends, so I may produce content as tutorials, streaming or even web/mobile applications for those. I cannot believe I had that blog for almost three years now but there is not that much about me nor what I like, the code I write and the things I do, so I will just put more of it out there.

This was Jean-Dominique Nguele, live from his bed, writing a second post in less than 13 hours. It is 08:08am, good morning internet.