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I moved my domain from Wordpress.com — Welcome!

posted by Mama Hope | April 10th, 2008 in Cyberknowledge

Some of you may be following old links from my old blog location at “http://hopealso.wordpress.com.” If so, welcome! I have purchased my own domain, “www.hippiedippiebebe.com” and prettied myself up a bit. I have also managed to redirect my old free-hosted blog at Wordpress.com to this one using 301 redirects, despite the official Wordpress take on the subject: “Sorry, we don’t do 301 redirects.”

For those of you who have no idea what the heck I’m talking about, a 301 redirect is an automatic way of telling browsers that a page has moved to a new location. It’s both seamless for the visitor (who just goes to the page automatically without even doing anything or noticing what’s happened), and it alerts automated bots such as Google and other search engines, so they can update their index accordingly. This is a good thing. Interestingly, I was getting a lot of search traffic for the text of my Buddhist-style wedding ceremony. I figured, what the heck, might as well point those people over to the new digs.

But ’twas not easy, no! As I mentioned, searching the Wordpress help led only to the words “sorry, charlie.” For a moment I was going to give up and just do some ugly, “I’ve moved wouldn’t you please kindly to click here” posts on my old wordpress.com location. But then I discovered the lovelies at blog-well.com. They actually put together a well documented, idiot-proof guide to redirecting your Wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted solution! So now I can send all my old friends over to the new digs without them lifting a finger!

If you’re thinking of doing something similar, here’s the catch: I had to temporarily move my DNS server (scary), and I also had to pay Wordpress ten bucks. Ten bucks a year, there’s the rub.

So, welcome welcome, and I hope you like it here.

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7 Responses to “I moved my domain from Wordpress.com — Welcome!”

  1. Hi lovely woman,

    Thanks for pointing us out; we too got jack of being told it can’t be done, and when we worked it out, figured the right thing was to share. Thanks for passing it on!

    BTW you really should put a “subscribe to comments” here ;)

  2. Thanks for reminding me, had that on my to-do list! Done and done!

  3. You are welcome!

    Yeah, we like WordPress a lot so we tend to write up stuff about them all the time…well, sometimes ;)

    Maybe you should grab my feed and that way if it’s worth reading you can, if it’s not - easy to dump :)

    Just go through the WordPress category on BlogWell. And thanks for the idea to write up about tags, you’re right - a lot of people go silly (but then so do I) - you just have to know how to go silly with them.

    I’m putting a BlogWell Files together, for beginners, haven’t got to tags yet, am about to write about editorial calendars next week - thanks for visiting though; it’s appreciated a lot!

  4. Probably this will be a stupid question, but I have to ask - when you did the redirect, did you already have all your wordpress.com stuff imported to your wordpress.org blog?

  5. Steph:

    Yes I did, and that’s a good question. First I created an export file from the old wordpress.com blog, then I imported into my wordpress installation on my new domain. Then, finally, I followed Blog-Well’s steps to forward the traffic. Here’s a quote from their guide that’s important:

    “Existing links to your original WordPress.com blog will be automatically redirected to the new blog, for instance, our post on WordPress for Dummies, http://blogwell.wordpress.com/.....r-dummies/ will now be automatically redirected to http://blog-well.com/2007/11/2.....r-dummies/

    Another important note, you can actually change the permalink structure later on in the new blog and the old blog will still forward! If you don’t understand what I mean, search Wordpress help for “pretty permalinks.”

    Good luck!

    Lid:

    I finally subscribed to your feed, thanks. I like the list of links in your current post, and it’s definitely time to start reading those articles on building links and subscribers!

  6. Thank you very much for answering! I appreciate it. :)

  7. About time! ;) - kidding…

    Thank you; I’m glad it is useful.

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