Will Google have to re-index my website after it is moved from one server to another?

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Thanks in advance for your help, and I trust that my explanation isn't confusing.

I recently found out in the forum at "forums.cpanel.net" that, the reason why "SSL/TLS Manager" is missing from the security area on the dashboard in my cPanel account, is because that account doesn't have a dedicated IP address.

Now as you would know, a dedicated IP (Internet Protocol) is a unique Internet address dedicated exclusively to a single hosting account. This is in contrast to the normal configuration (the type I have) of several hosting accounts residing on a single server and sharing its IP address.

Because of this, I am unable to get my SSL certificate (ORDER #89004727 for gary-handy.com from Comodo Security Services) to cPanel to be applied to my website.

So, I would like to find out if it is at all possible to move my site from that shared server arrangement, unto the other type where I can obtain a dedicated IP, without Google having to index it all over again when I'm done.

Thank you once again,
Gary Handy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Just move your site.

    Google will find it - indexing a site on a new server happens quick enough - but if you're worried about it, go to Google and request a crawl of your site.

    It happens all the time.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    As Steve said, moving your site to a different server and/or IP address has no impact on your site with regard to Google.

    Google doesn't index your IP address. It indexes your domain and the pages on that domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author searchin
    I just did the same thing. Did the content on your website change? Because mine did. Be sure to monitor the crawl status in Google Webmaster tools.

    You mentioned SSL, so let me tell you that https://yourwebsite is different from http://yourwebsite in Google's eyes.
    You'll need to add the https version in Google webmaster tools (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools) and verify it, then set the preferred version.

    In the initial phase, Google may see duplicate content. The best way to prevent that is by using link canonical in the head; make sure all versions of the same page point to the https version.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary Handy
      I am really thankful for this information searchin. I could do without going through the hassle all over again. I'm a sort of newbie in this area but I did managed to get the site up (my first) and had it indexed my Google.

      Then I realised the importance of https// and went ahead and got the certificate, after which I realized I'm unable to use it with the site being hosted on a shared server.

      However since I have to go over all that techy stuff, I will not bother to move, and will use https// sometime in the future when I decide to build another site.

      Although I didn't ask in detail about these issues, I really wanted to know about them badly. Many thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author TextBullet
    I am no expert but I moved my website to another server a few weeks ago and it had no impact. My website and pages are still indexed
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  • Profile picture of the author snowcake
    Hey I got a question. I have a VPS server with 5 sites on the server sharing the same IP address. If all 5 sites are for say 'dog training', and I wanted to rank those 5 sites in Google. Is it bad to have them all on the same server with the same IP? Or should I buy a dedicated IP for each site? Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Google will not have to reindex it unless you take the site completely down for a few days or weeks to make the move.

    However, when you do setup the SSL certificate make sure you do proper 301 redirects. You need to make sure that every HTTP URL redirects to the new HTTPS URL.

    If you don't do this properly, you will see any rankings you have tank completely.
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