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Page extensions changed from .htm to .html from my old site to new bookmark site

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On Aug 31, 2020 Kevin Tauber wrote:

I changed my domain today to point to my new site on the Bookmark servers but just realized the page extensions are all different on my new site compared to my old site. My old site used .htm and Bookmark is using .html. This is creating a problem when I do a search for say: "music lessons in winnipeg" and all the search results return my old sites page extensions which technically no longer exist -- the pages exist but just with a different extension now. For example: 

http://www.taubermusic.com/registration.htm

is now

http://www.taubermusic.com/registration.html

I'm assuming once the search engines re-index or whatever my site this will be corrected? If so, is there anyway to speed this process up? Or something else I can do to solve this issue? Or perhaps theres a way to change the page extensions on my Bookmark site from .html to .htm? The last I don't really expect a 'Yes' to but thought I'd mention it.

Anyway. Hope someone can shed some light in this situation for me. Thanks in advance.


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On Aug 31, 2020 Kevin Tauber wrote:

So I looked into this a bit more and realize the thing to do is submit my new bookmark sitemap in the Google Search Console which I've now done. However, according to Google it could take up to a few weeks to reindex everything which doesn't help since we're desperatley trying to reopen our business/school for September 14 and can't have people getting 404 errors when they try visiting our site.

I have found a temporary workaround.

So the just to reiterate, Google currently has our taubermusic.com domain indexed referencing pages with the .htm extension wheras I'd like to be able to simply use taubermusic.com with the new .html extension bookmark uses.

So my workaround is to setup our .ca domain (taubermusic.ca) on Bookmark instead of our .com domain. My .com domain is now pointing back to my old website's server which is in turn redirecting all .com requests to .ca (ie old server to new bookmark server) and all .htm requests to .html. So now all the search results on google seem to be taking me to my new Bookmark site without any issues.

I'm wondering if a simpler solution to this all instead of doing the workaround above or having to wait for Google to reindex the .com domain I'd like to use on Bookmark instead of my .ca domain, if Bookmark's team can setup their servers for my domain to redirect all .com/.htm requests it receives simply to the equivelent .com/.html page.

Hope that all makes sense. Please let me know. Thanks!

answered 1 year ago

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On Sep 1, 2020 Bookmark Product Development Team wrote:

Hi Kevin, thanks for reaching out. In this case submitting the new sitemap to Google Search Console would be our best advice, and it seems like your workaround in a good way to manage the issue in the meantime. If anything changes, or if you run into any further problems please reach out to us over the live chat so we can better assist you!

answered 1 year ago

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