Hi there .. somewhat of a tricky problem ...(at least for me...) .. hoping somebody has an idea..
Issue is .. moving the domain of the current LT Install to a new (re-launch)server to which LT has already been migrated to while, at the same time, avoiding that users bookmarks, google listings etc. will be reachable before the new site is all ready to go...
Sounds complicated? Well .. stept by step...:
Articles on the current live site have urls like
http://www.mydomain.de/blog/index.php?o ... 1&blogId=1
Already migrated articles on the new server have urls with IP Address like
http://123.456.789.000/websitefolder/bl ... 1&blogId=1
Now I need/want to close the old server/site for 1 or 2 weeks before launching the new site in order to test and setup things properly first, for which I have to transfer mydomain.de to the new server. Once I do this, however, even if I put an "under constuction" page as index the url's for all articles turn into valid urls again and folks would be able to access the articles even though the homepage is "under construction".
Therefore, I need to somehow change all links so that folks will get a 404 redirecting to the new (under construction) page.
As far as I am concerned three ways to approach, two of which I am not sure about .. the third not a desired solution at all...
1. Changing the path in some other way than option 3 (Not sure how I could do)
2. Changing to search engine friendly urls (but that will not change/update old articles urls... will it??????)
3. Changing the root folder of LT on the new server from blog/ to whatever/ (This is absolutely not desired as it most likely screw up tons of code we have done apart from LT code)
So .. any ideas on how to tackle this problem would be highly appreciated....