Earlier this week, John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google announced that they had just finished implementing the biggest overhaul to a feature that has being available in Google’s Webmaster Tools since 2009, the Change of Address tool.
Launched as a way for webmasters to inform Google that they were changing domain names, the change of Change of Address feature has become a key component of any domain migration.
Although the tool doesn’t yet support migrations such as HTTP to HTTPS or http://blog.domain.com to http://domain.com/blog, the overhaul now helps individuals avoid mistakes in the domain migration process (http://domain.com to http://website.co.uk) by using a step by step method that ensures:
- Both domains are verified
- 301 redirects are correctly setup
- Checking the redirects don’t break the verification method
Google believe this step by step approach will avoid many of the common issues that arise during domain migration.