An old page is being archived but the URL is not changed
An old page is being archived but the URL is not changed. So the internal links to that page are all changed (automatically). It has been redesigned as /pagever2.html and all of the /page.html links changed to /pagever2.html
Do I need a canonical tag on the old archived page (/page.html pointing to /pagever2.html)?
I thought about changing the directory of the old page to archive/page.html and the new one to /page.html would be enough?
I can revert the internal links back to default as /page.html
If the old page will still be served live and its content is exactly the same as the new page`s content, then I would prefer a redirect to the new page over a canonical.
If the old page will still be served lived and the old page`s content is different from the new page`s content then there is no need for a canonical relation.
If the old page is being taken offline, then just redirect its URL to the new page`s URL.
נתן גאידאי: Michael Martinez The design changes, but they are keeping the old design available online as an archive with the same content but at /archives/...
It`s not a redirect - it`s a page replacement but the URL remains the same
Michael Martinez: So, if you have an old page that says "big baby bottles in bouncing buggies" and that page (/page-1.html) is now being served at /archives/page-1.html, the question is what is being published on /page-2.html that took its place.
I assume you mean the site navigation now links to /page-2.html instead of /page-1.html.
If /page-2.html also says "big baby bottles in bouncing buggies", then *I* would canonicalize /archives/page-1.html to /page2.html but that is just my personal preference.
If the content on /page-2.html has been rewritten, then canonicalization is not appropriate.
נתן גאידאי: Michael Martinez It was easier to remove the archived old version and simply redirect the current page... I did not see a huge drop in traffic