Originally Posted by St0n3y
I've got a client that goes by two different business names but now that he's come to us I'm helping him choose to go with one or the other. Here is the rundown:<snip>
I was faced with a very similar situation. I have a client who had their corporate name for more than 100 years and the corresponding domain name to match. Three years into creating a vast online resource with well over 2500 individual pages, they decided to change their name AND the domain name.
What's an enterprising webmaster to do?
I kept both.
I redirected all homepage requests to the new domain name (301 and server response) I configure the DNS to send all traffic to the same server (as well as a few other domain names to boot) and continued to write the site so all files, links, images - everything was relative to the root folder. Now domain1 has the same resources as domain2 and no broken pages.
I suggest keep them both for old indexes, book marks (favorites) shortcuts and especially for PRINT references to the old domain name. This will ensure you client doesn't lose business because of the dreaded 404 - file not found.
That's my opinion.
Oh... the site? Still going strong with an editorial team of 6 MS Office able creative writers and one worn out webmaster. (me)