Changing long-established sitebuilder site to Website Builder - will it cause search engine issuses?

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I have a long established site built in Sitebuilder that is on the top pages of all search engines. I have just rebuilt it using Website Builder and am ready to switch the domain name to it.

Question: will the new site’s top-page presence on the search engines be affected, as the new individual page names have changed slightly?

Any advise/tips appreciated before I relaunch...many thanks in advance.
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Hello David,

Any big changes to your site like this will affect your site's ranking some. The extent is dependent on how much is changed from the old site to the new one. I do recommend you keep the page names the same if possible (don't worry about the .html part of the page name, that will redirect). If the old page was domain.com/contact.html, the page on the new site should be called Contact. This will allow our system to automatically redirect the contact.html visits to the new page. If your new page is called Contact Us, this is a different page name and the redirect will not work.

The new builder will make your site secure. Make sure to utilize free tools like Google Search Console to add these variations. (https://)
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Hi David.  I was wondering if you have found out if this will affect your site or not as we are in the same situation.  Unfortunately, however, when I called tech support the guy told me page names did not matter and that "the new platform is so much better our listing will do even better than now".  I don't think homestead realizes the importance of how hard we work to keep our websites high in the organic listing and its not something to be taken lightly.  Luckily I know more than the rep and haven't switched over yet.  Any other comments from homestead reps that actually know what they are talking about in regards to this issue would be appreciated.
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Good evening from Tokyo!

Well, I took the plunge and switched over, as I must admit that I really like the new Website Builder software (no they are not paying me for saying that!) and what I could do to my site.I did keep most of the individual page names the same, as folk say its the best thing to do.

I initially had issues with the new site not being secure, which (I hope!) I have resolved thanks to Rep-Elyzabeth's instructions link to a previous Community conversation (she isn't paying me either!)...a bit fiddly and on the surface daunting, but all seems well.

I have naturally kept an eye on the Google search results over the last couple of days, and the site is still riding high...it seems that some of the previous individual pages are now pointing to the new site's index page, which is fine for now.

I'm not 100% certain as to what to do with the meta-tags...conflicting information as to whether to add them, or simply rely on the "spiders" reading the published text on each page (Input welcome).

HTH 




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