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Permalinks and Converting from WP.org to WP.com

  1. I'm thinking of converting my existing WP.org blog to a WP.com blog and I have a question about permalinks. Note that if I do convert from WP.org to WP.com, I will purchase the custom domain option so that I can keep my existing domain name/URL.

    On my WP.org blog, the permalink structure is simply the post name. However, in WP.com I don't see a way to set up permalinks so that they are the post name. Is there a way to do this so that links to existing posts will continue to work? If not, is there a way within WP.com to set up redirects so that the old links will work?

  2. You can't change the Permalinks nor can you do redirects.

    The only option I can think of is change the Permalinks on your site and if necessary use some sort of redirect Plug-in for a few months to help train the search engines where your new content is.

  3. Thanks auxclass -- I had a feeling that was the case. I'll see what I can do on my existing blog and may have to reconsider switching to WP.com.

  4. You be welcome

  5. Thanks for this post BTW. I have a similar issue (used year + month but not day number in my permalinks scheme). @wp.com staff: If you're listening, this is a barrier to conversion.

  6. Hey, just discovered this. I have a personal blog on wordpress.com. If you omit part of the date from the url but the post slug (the URL-ized part of the title) matches, it will redirect to the "correct" URL.

    Go to: http://mysite.wordpress.com/2012/something-to-say

    Browser redirects to: http://mysite.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/something-to-say

    IMHO that solves my problem. No longer a barrier to conversion. (And I'm back to seriously considering it...)

  7. mysite.wordpress.com is no longer available.
    This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service. For questions or concerns, contact WordPress.com Support.

    I’m sorry but we Volunteers answering support questions have no role to play in this process. This is between your friend and Staff.

    You have a warning notice with a link in it — please click that link as it works at all times (even when the regular contact form is closed). There’s also a contact form you can use to reach them at the bottom of this page http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/

    If you have already contacted Staff, the ToS department definitely received your request. Please be patient as they’ll be getting back to you as soon as they can.

    Mistakes can be made but as a policy, we are asked to refrain from discussing ToS issues on the public forums.

    Reference links:
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    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

  8. Oops. Should have checked the URL before making it up. My post was intended to be an example of URL auto-redirection working as previously requested, not a link to a specific site.

  9. gottcha! lol :D

  10. Existing links will continue to work, even after the change, is my understanding. WP.org has always had a variety of permalinks.

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