I would like my new website to have the URL of my old website

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I have almost completed a new version of our club website - I am a volunteer and not a professional.  

For the past 8+- years we have maintained a Homestead site  www.womensclubglenridge.com  which functions as a  Club information site  and  a Rental business site.  It is linked to from wedding sites, caterers, emagazines  that have event listings (club side) etc.  

I have now created a new website www.test2wcgr.homesteadcloud.com which I would like to take the place of the older website - how do I do this and maintain all of those links... can I just change the old sites name and rename my new site www.womensclubglenridge.com ??... does it have to have the homestead cloud in the url??

TIA !! I am starting to worry... a lot!!  
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Do the links go to www.womensclubglenridge.com? If so, changing the site association should be enough.
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Great question! I have exactly the same one. I have been building the site under the name: contracostacountylawyer.homesteadcloud.com ... The site that I am currently updating is ritaholderlaw.com. All of my links on the redesign are new.
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There are going to be page differences that may break links from the old site. Ideally, you would have a Webmaster tools account and when you switch the domain, use it to Fetch as Google and start the re-indexing process, to get the links updated. The more page names that stay the same, the better or you are, as those links will still work. If you have a backlink out there to a page that no longer exists then that website would have to manually update their link. I suggest making sure your new sites most important pages and highest ranking pages have the same name as the old site.
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If I have created the same name (i.e. contact us) does it automatically create the hypen or do I have to add that into the text of the page name (which looks silly).
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It should add the hyphen into the URL. On the page it should not appear.
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Thank you everyone who answered.  I think notifications of answers go to the previous volunteer's email account!!  I called the help desk and they did the transfer and it went very smoothly.  The only thing is that it can take up to 24 hours which could mean you would be without a site for that long (just guessing)... Mine was very fast so no down time at all.  My new problem is load time... I'm hoping I don't have to deconstruct my website while it is in use just to get the load times down!!

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