Originally Posted by JP2112
The 301 should permanently redirect the spiders to the new content. The old content should eventually disappear from search results. You can leave your old content up, but do you really want to pay for hosting charges for it? I'm downgrading my soon-to-be old site to an IRM package which keeps the domain name and the .htaccess redirect, but without the ongoing hosting fees for a site that I don't want to be found any more.
Thanks for the reply! My old website is an IRM, so no a problem with hosting fees. I just haven't done a URL change before and it took a little education to understand how all that 301 redirect stuff worked from the search engine perspective. I now understand that it would be okay to delete my old website content.
Thank you again for all your help!