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How would you redirect a page?

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Lets say I have a web site = domain.com (home page) = PR1

 

There is a forum = domain.com/forums (forum main page) = PR2

 

Now after a few months I have changed my mind on the current site structure. I want to make it so the forum main page will be the homepage of the site. So I would like domain.com also lead to the forum home. The problem is, I do not wish to lose all the backlink juice to either, since I have some backlinks for both link addresses.

 

Someone told me I should reset forum main page to domain.com, then use 301 redirect domain.com/forums to the same page.

 

Is it the best way to proceed? Consider I have a PR2 for domain.com/forums, and it is higher than the domain.com.

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Yes you can do a 301 redirect, it will pass all the link juice to your forum page. Here is a detailed explanation of 301 and 302 which should help you

 

http://www.seoservicesgroup.com/blog/2009/03/301-and-302-redirection/13145/

 

You can do the 301 redirect through htaccess file and even through PHP

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# REDIRECT REQUESTS CONTAINING /forum

RewriteRule ^forum/(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^forum$ http://www.example.com/ [R=301,L]

You would place this above any other forum redirect code since you are changing the urls and any redirecting using the old forum urls will break.

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