troubleshooting Question

Moved site to new domain on new hosting service. Did I do this correctly?

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Alicia St RoseFlag for United States of America asked on
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This is the first time I've moved an established site to a new domain and hosting company. I didn't want to lose any link juice or upset the page ranking too much, so I did a lot of research to make sure I did this right. I'm coming here to double check with some experts.

Here's what I did:

1. Pointed new domain name to new hosting provider (
2. Installed Wordpress, wp-content and database (
3. At old hosting company (Hostgator), I added a 301 redirect to .htaccess, removed files and database

I have a few questions:

1. Do I need to forward the old domain, which is a third independent registrar (, to the new server ( or will the 301 redirect do the trick at Hostgator.
2. What happens when the Hostgator account is closed?
3. Did I F#%$ something up? Right now when I go to any internal pages (initial visit to site) I get a 404 page not found, because there are no files etc.. I though the 301 redirect was supposed to kick in...

Site: (old domain) (new domain)
Thanks so much
David S.
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