Google is constantly updating their Webmaster Tools features from the basics to advanced features. The feature of “Change of Address” is for those who are moving an old domain to a new domain. While you’re in the process of making this change it is important to follow these guidelines to help make the transfer smooth.
The new change helps webmasters walk through the process of using the tool and making sure the important steps of moving a website is still being used. John Mueller from Google said the tool will now “guide you through a part of the process” by:
- Double-checking that you have the websites verified.
- Verifying the redirects is active and correct.
- Confirming that the redirect doesn’t break verification.
Here is a screen shot of the updated feature in Webmaster Tools:
Google believes this will help webmasters who had issues with the tool previously. If you are moving a website make sure you are following the correct guidelines and to help the transfer use this tool.