site name vs. domain name

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When I started work on my website, we thought we were calling our company one name (i.e. Smith and Jones Consulting) and have since come up with a much more interesting name for the company. We registered the new name, but when I look in "My Yola", it still calls the site the old name.

Now our website is launched, but we are finding that if we try to bookmark the website on a favorites toolbar, the automatic name is "Smith and Jones Consulting", which is not our name and I worry it may be confusing to our customers. How can I change the old name to the new name?
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Jessie Trowbridge

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Gop

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Hello jessie,

You have two options for effecting this:

1. Unpublish your site to your old name and then re-publish to your new domain.
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2. Publish to both domains and set your primary domain to your new domain name and your secondary to your old domain name.

The second option is preferable for the sake of carrying forward your established SEO as this will be combined with any new ranking favours accumulated with your new and retain your old SEO status.

To do the second: Please see Assigning domains and creating a primary domain

If you need additional support please post back here.
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Jessie Trowbridge

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If I do either one of these options, do I have to re-build my site from scratch? Is there a way to just take what I already have, keep the domain name, and make sure that when people bookmark it, the default name is the same as our company name?
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Yes. If you have the domain name then you can do this as described above. It's all in the domain names.

So your preferred domain name would be set as your primary name and the secondary name presumably would be your old name. This means that any existing followers could still use your old domain name and it would be directed to your new preferred domain name.
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Hello Jessie

From what I understand, you'd like to change the name of your website which is displayed in the window title, on search engines, links on Facebook, etc. When I navigate to your website http://www.screensavvykids.com/, I can see that it still carries your old name in the browser tab title.

Changing your site name is easily done, but it will take a while until search engines and others have updated their data to display your new name.

Please follow the steps in this tutorial: Renaming your site.

Let us know if this doesn't answer your question.
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Stupid me. I focused on domains and ignored the site-name. Apologies Jessie.
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Jessie Trowbridge

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Hi there -

It's been over a week since I followed these instructions and changed my site name and it doesn't seem to have updated - do you know how long it takes search engines and others to update their data?
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Hi Jessie,

This is not accurately predictable,

You can sort of get an estimate by inspecting your Google Webmasters and seeing the frequency of the robot crawl.

You may force this a bit by re-submitting your sitemap which is an indicator to Google that you have changed things around or added new content to your site. This has been successful in many cases.

If you need help with this lets know?
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OK, by "re-submit', do you mean I should unpublish my site and republish it? I started to do this, and the prompts made me worried that if I unpublished it, the whole thing would be deleted and I'd have to start all over again.

Since changing my site name, I have published new content on my site and hit "publish my site" with no change to the problem.
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Clear your cache first ... however I believe Google wants you to resubmit your site under the new name.
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Jessie Trowbridge

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Can you just clarify what "resubmit" means? This is where I'm not sure what to do - am I un-publishing, then re-publishing?

Also - clear my cache?

I'm new to all of this - I like yola because it makes designing my own website pretty dummy proof, but I don't know a lot of the lingo...
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Hi Jessie,

You don't need to unpublish your site, as your site is updated with your new site name. Gop is suggesting you resubmit your sitemap to Google.

I did check your site on Google and when I search screensavvykids.com, the pages of your site come up with the name Ladner and Trowbridge Consulting, LLC. This means that Google has visited your site again and your listing is being updated.

If you have made lots of changes to your site you can resubmit your sitemap if you would like. It is important not to do this very often though as Google might look at this like spam.

Here is how to resubmit your sitemap in your Google Webmaster account:

1. Sign into your Google Webmaster account.
2. Click on the URL link of the site you want to resubmit a sitemap for.
3. In the Sitemaps section click on the link that says "More".
4. Click "Resubmit Sitemap".

I hope that helps! While the lingo can be a little confusing at first, it will start to make more sense.

Kind regards,
Jen
Community Support Specialist
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Jessie Trowbridge

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OK - I feel like I'm opening a can of worms here. I tried to create a Google Webmaster account, and I can't for the life of me get it to verify my webpage. I tried all of the methods they suggested, I went at it from the Yola side, putting the html code that Google Webmaster gave me into the Webmaster section of Google - nothing.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong?
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Hi jessie,

It is important to use the Yola instructions for this purpose. It's also important to follow this completely. The verification method is critical and there are specific instructions within this tutorial.

Tutorial: Google Webmaster
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Jen

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Thanks, Gop!