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migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

I've run my website hosted by Comcast PWP for 18 months, but it's time to move on as FileZilla stopped working and Comcast PWP support seems to have sunset.
Since I built my website by hand (HTML and Notepad) instead of using proprietary PWP tools, it's easy to move the pages to another web hosting provider.

My question is: what's the best way to redirect clicks on my Comcast PWP website to the new host?
I have a domain name (http://newbostonhistoricalsociety.com) at Register.com, and I've pointed that to the new host instead of Comcast.
Therefore anyone accessing my website from the homepage will get content from the new host.

However, many Google searches point to my individual web pages with the Comcast name embedded in the URL: http://home.comcast.net/~nbhs/cannon.html for example.
I've got a dozen or more pages like this one which got a lot of hits over the past year and a half.
I would like to preserve whatever "link juice" I've built up with the search engines while I steer traffic to the new URLs and host.

It appears that there are two popular ways to redirect traffic.
I can use a "Meta Refresh Tag" in my header or I can try to implement a 301 redirect. (I hope I'm using the correct terminology.)

The 301 redirect looks like it would globally redirect all traffic from my Comcast site to the new site.
However, I've got to create an .htaccess file in the root of my web server, and I'm not sure if I can do that with Comcast PWP or how.
I also don't understand if all clicks get redirected to the home page of the new site, which might confuse people.

Plan B is to put a "Meta Refresh Tag" into each of the separate pages' HTML files so that for example http://home.comcast.net/~nbhs/cannon.html would be redirected to the new site's URL http://newbostonhistoricalsociety.com/cannon.html .  Once there, any clicks would stay on the new site.

Does anyone have thoughts about what's best? 
I've read mixed reviews on the "Meta Refresh Tag" as to whether or not it upsets Search Engine Optimization.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

Comcast does not allow any server side scripts on their web server so you would not be able to do a redirect with the htaaccess file.  The meta tag refresh redirect works.  Plan B would be the best bet to have anyone that lands on any of your pages get to your new site.

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

I took a different approach. I have a "missing" page at:
   http://home.comcast.net/~bethkatz/notfound.html

I think that all I did was have a file in my home directory called notfound.html with its name all in lower case.

 

I seem to be able to try to access any page name in my pages and get that notfound.html page.

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

I'm implementing the  "Meta Refresh Tag"  for redirection now.

 

Thank you, lead5alpha and BethKatz for your many helpful responses on the Comcast forums.

I've learned a lot over the past year by reading your posts.

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

As far as I understand, none of these solutions will help once Comcast takes the host home.comcast.net offline ... and this happens on 10/8/15 (?).

 

Might Comcast be persuaded to keep that host up a few months longer, just for hosting a single redirection page?

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

I work in IT. What is probably best is to move over to your new website / new website host as soon as possible and put a redirect on the Comcast site now, so your visitors have several months to swing by your website and learn of the new address. 

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question


iceman24 wrote:

I work in IT. What is probably best is to move over to your new website / new website host as soon as possible and put a redirect on the Comcast site now, so your visitors have several months to swing by your website and learn of the new address. 


 

Sigh.  Yes, that's what I thought.  It just means a fair amount of work fairly soon, including finding a new host.

 

Looking now at 2 allegedly free hosts, which also allow FTP-ing all site content:  AlterVista in Italy, and FreeHosting in the UK.  Anyone have any experience with those, or others?

 

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

Note that this thread originated in November 2012.

 

I agree with iceman24 that moving sooner rather than later will keep your redirect link available longer.

 

As I have told people who have asked, consider Google Sites.

 

If you just have a display page with pictures, maybe Facebook will meet your needs. Maybe. It depends on what you are trying to do and who you are trying to reach.

 

My business site is hosted by FastURL (Venernet), but it costs money. Cheapest plan is $15 a month. Great service.

 

I'll probably pull my pages back to my university pages. Or let them die. Most of them are examples.

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question


BethKatz wrote:

 

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As I have told people who have asked, consider Google Sites.

 

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Yes, I've tried that - https://sites.google.com/site/johnsslackkey/ - but there isn't the freedom of doing your own HTML, CSS, and js.  One must learn how to tweak Google's page builder.  And I had to find a work-around for an HTML5 audio player, since Google sites are not HTML5.

 

Ditto with Tumblr.  Which is why I really wanted a host with which I could simply FTP content to build the site.  AlterVista seems OK in that respect ... test page here.  This is the fastest way to move stuff off the Comcast host.

 

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Re: migrating from Comcast PWP - redirection question

I'm pretty sure I'm moving my stuff over to:

 

https://www.knthost.com/website-hosting

 

They'll give me 5 gigs for $2.75 a month and do accept FTP.

 

Only catch is that you need a already have a domain name or have to let them get one for you. (I have one already, I'll just change it to point to them.)

 

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