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How can I change my Google Console website address?

This is a step-by-step article that will help you change and configure your web address via Google Search Console without losing your SEO rankings in the process.

This will be especially helpful if you have moved the content of your website to a new domain name.

Google is often changing its UI but the way the whole procedure works remain the same, so at the moment you are reading this article Google Search Console may look a bit different.

Step 1. Add new website address to Google Search Console.

To begin, you will need to navigate to the top left corner of your screen and select Search Property (1) and Add Property (2):

From there you will need to add the website version you want in section URL Prefix and select Continue:

Specify the URL exactly as it appears in the browser bar, including the final / (forward-slash) mark.

Make sure you add separate Search Console properties for all URL variations that your site supports, including HTTPS, HTTP, www, and non-www.

You will need to verify all added properties from Google Search Console. If you need help with the verification process, please use this article for reference.

Step 2. Set up 301 redirects for new website address.

To automatically redirect visitors as well as Google-Bot to the new domain, when they request the old domain name, you have set up a 301-redirect for the old domain name.

To use a redirect to the new domain, with an HTTP Status Code 301, you simply enter the following Rewrite Rule into the .htaccess file for the old domain:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

It needs to be added on the top of the .htaccess file which can be accessed via the File Manager.

By using the above code, you will also redirect all URLs. If you, for example, request a URL on the old domain (www.old-domain.com/product-1/), you are automatically redirected to the same URL on the new domain (www.new-domain.com/product-1/).

If you get stuck during this process or have any questions about changing your web address, please don’t hesitate to contact us via LiveChat or Ticket.

Step 3. Change web address via Google Search Console.

It is very important that you first set a 301 redirect from the old website URL to the new one so that you can transition safely without hurting your SEO rankings.

To change the web address, you can navigate to Settings (1) and choose Change of address (2):

Keep in mind that you need to add the new domain URL as a property in your Google Search Console and verify it to successfully complete the change.

From there you can select the new site (1) from the drop-down list of available properties and Validate & Update (2) from Google:

That’s it! Now you have successfully requested a change of address with Google.

If you get stuck with anything discussed on this page, please contact WPX Support Team via live chat (use the bottom right-hand widget) and they will respond and help within 30 seconds or less.

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