We are moving our departmental web site from www.firstdomain.com/subdirectory/
. The domains reside on separate servers.
The IT staff have said they plan to simply forward everyone who comes to the existing web site (regardless of which specific page they were accessing) to the front page of the new site. In my mind this is unacceptable, as we need people to be transparently directed to the corresponding web page on the new site. I also believe that a universal redirect to the front page of the new site would royally gack up search engine rankings.
Is there a way to globally map this, or must it be done as individual 301 redirects?
The file names should not have changed, just their locations. In the event the corresponding file does not exist on the new server, I would want to display a customized 404 page.