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.