A page node can have many different states. Versioned/Not versioned. Published/Not published. Modified/Current.
After a page has been published we should consider disabling the rename operation. Best practice from an SEO perspective is to redirect to the new location. Therefore, a published page cannot simply be renamed. It needs to be "deprecated" with a redirect template to its new location. The new node should be a copy of the old node and disconnected from the the version history. In simple terms, renaming a node is the same thing as creating a new node.
The steps should be:
- Copy the source node.
- Change its name.
- Redirect the old page to the new page.
Renaming a page also affects all child pages due to URL rewrites