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Moving from self-host back to WP.com worried about permalinks

  1. I'm thinking of moving my self-hosted site back to WordPress.com.

    I've think I sorted out every other issue, but I'm worried moving from my self-hosted permalinks, which is just the simple /%postname%/ structure, to WordPress.com's structure with dates will cause havoc. Is there a work around so I don't lose all the incoming links? Can WP automatically resolve these links? What about a paid option?

    The blog I need help with is billbennett.co.nz.

  2. The blog you specified at billbennett.co.nz does not appear to be hosted at WordPress.com.

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  3. The site is at WordPress as billbennettnz.wordpress.com

    I was planning to pay for a custom domain as part of the switch back.

  4. Are you are planning on buying a different domain name? Don't you already have one for the self-hosted site?

  5. Yes, my plan was to move the domain I name back to WordPress.com

  6. I'm going to tag this for staff attention so that they can verify things, but in my experience, the links should redirect just fine, because underneath, the wordpress software uses the actual post/page ID numbers, not what shows in the permalinks. What shows in the permalinks is only there for the search engines and such, more of an alias sort of thing really.

    Do wait for staff to respond though and either verify what I said, or tell me I'm all wet.

  7. I should have also mentioned that I believe that on import, the ID#s for everything will remain the same as they were in the self-hosted site.

    Again though, wait for staff to say for sure.

  8. There is no work-around for this on our end.

    I recommend holding off the switch to WordPress.com for another month, then set your permalinks to the /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ structure on your self-hosted blog.

    Your self-hosted blog will take care of 301 (permanent) redirecting the old permalinks to the new permalinks, so that once you switch to WordPress.com a month later, the search engines will have probably picked up on the new URLs.

  9. Thanks macmanx... that sounds like a plan.

    I'll mark this as resolved.

  10. So, wet I was. @macmanx, thanks for clarifying that.

  11. You're welcome!

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