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Have just finished working on a dev site and the live site has been launched (on a different server/url) - unfortunately, Google bots were very efficient and have inadvertently indexed the dev site (which became 'open/live' during the last few days of development for testing purposes)

I have now archived the site, but if visitors reach it, all they receive is a 'suspended' message - so I was wondering how best to 'redirect' users to the new/correct url and server using multisite?

e.g. would it be best to use a plugin like Redirection and direct all traffic away? Or to leave it as archived so 'suspended'? And would it be advisable to use Google's Remove URL tool?

Thanks in advance

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Are both sites using the same permalink structure? – toscho Apr 30 '13 at 21:09
@toscho Thanks for your reply. Yes they are. – Mosey Apr 30 '13 at 22:57

Add a RedirectMatch to your dev site’s .htaccess to tell Google the canonical addresses are on the new site:

RedirectMatch Permanent (.*) http://new.example.com$1
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Thanks for your reply :) Can I just clarify that it should be placed in the multisite .htaccess file? (Apologies for not being clear that the dev site was part of a multisite) – Mosey Apr 30 '13 at 23:28

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