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Site Redirect vs Domain Mapping seems to be the same thing

  1. Hi WP.com village,
    I am doing a complete redo of my blog currently titled http://www.flippinfactory.wordpress.com and I'm overwhelmed with all the info on how to change it in a way that is most cost effective and a one-time move. I would like to change the name to CurbsideConnections.com, which I own (through godaddy). I know how to change the URL but I'm not fully understanding the difference between SITE REDIRECT and DOMAIN MAPPING. It seems that SITE REDIRECT and DOMAIN MAPPING are the same thing but because these two "services" are listed separately on the Support page it seems that they are two different things. Because I just want CurbsideConnections.com, how do I tranfer everything from flippinfactory.wordpress to curbsideconnections.com while keeping all the permalinks, subscribers, etc. Is this a SITE REDIRECT upgrade or Domain Mapping upgrade? Can this be ONE move without losing subscribers, permalinks, etc.?
    I sure do hope I made sense here.
    thanks everyone

    The blog I need help with is flippinfactory.wordpress.com.

  2. how do I tranfer everything from flippinfactory.wordpress to curbsideconnections.com while keeping all the permalinks, subscribers, etc

    You want Domain Mapping -

    Domain forwarding just sends people that link to your curbsideconnections.com address to a different URL - i.e. flippinfactory.wordpress - then they see flippinfactory.wordpress in the browser address - you will get no Google juice for your curbsideconnections.com domain name - never show up in searches - not good name recognition (zero)

  3. It looks like you currently have a website associated with your domain:
    http://curbsideconnections.com/

    If you'd like to keep this website, your best bet is to create a subdomain and map it to your blog. This will make your blog accessible via blog.curbsideconnections.com.

    If you don't want to keep your current site, you'll want to map your domain to your blog.

    With either option, your blog will still be hosted by WordPress.com, but will be accessible via your domain. You'll keep your existing subscribers, permalinks, etc.

    You can also move your blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org install, if you'd like.

    Let me know which option you decide, and if I can be of any further help!

    Best,
    P.

  4. Auxclass and Pcrumm - you're awesome!
    The "website" I have at curbsideconnections.com is just a parked page because I own the domain name. I don't want to keep that website.

    If you don't want to keep your current site, you'll want to map your domain to your blog.

    Can I map (or point to) the domain I own (curbsideconnections.com) to flippinfactory.wordpress com, then change the url to curbsideconnections.wordpress.com while keeping permalinks, subscribers, etc? If I go this route, what will people see in their browsers when they visit my blog?

    With either option, your blog will still be hosted by WordPress.com, but will be accessible via your domain. You'll keep your existing subscribers, permalinks, etc.

    It will be accessible via my new domain (curbsideconnections) or the old domain (flippinfactory)?

    It sounds as if I may have to create a new blog at http://www.curbsideconnections.wordpress.com and map my domain name to this new blog/url in order to phase out flippinfactory.wordpress.com.

    What is the best way to completely phase out flippinfactory.wordpress.com and use only the curbsideconnections.com while keeping permalinks and subscribers?

  5. The substrate URL is irrelevant if you have domain mapping. There is no need to have curbsideconnections.wordpress.com at all. Nobody will ever see it.

    If you insist, yes, you can create that blog and map the domain name to that.

  6. It sounds as if I may have to create a new blog at http://www.curbsideconnections.wordpress.com and map my domain name to this new blog/url in order to phase out flippinfactory.wordpress.com.

    Not required - if your content is in http://flippinfactory.wordpress.com - then just go ahead and map to that WordPress.COM domain - the WordPress.COM domain URL does not matter as your visitors will see the CurbsideConnections.com - not the base blog in their browser

  7. There's another piece to this puzzle. The FlippinFactory domain that I own through godaddy is set to expire in December. If I map the new domain name (curbsideconnections) to the flippinfactory.wordpress.com site, what will happen once the old domain (flippinfactory) expires?

    Would changing the wp url from flippinfactory.wordpress.com to curbsideconnections.wordpress.com solve the expired domain issue, if there are any?

  8. Flippinfactory doesn't connect to anything, so when it expires nothing will be affected.

  9. I believe I'm getting closer to a better understanding of what I need.
    Thanks to all of you for you help.

    Here are the pieces of the puzzle:
    *I have a blog/content on flippinfactory.wordpress.com
    *I want to rebrand my blog. I no longer want the name/brand to be flippinfactory. I want to change it to curbsideconnections.
    *I own the domain name curbsideconnections.com that I bought through godaddy, not wordpress.
    *The domain name that I own (curbsideconnections) is just a parked page right now. There is no site or blog associated with it.
    *I don't want to keep flippinfactory. In addition, it is set to expire in December.

    If my understanding is clear, I have a couple of options to change from flippinfactory.wordpress.com to curbsideconnections.wordpress.com:

    Option 1)
    change the blog title and blog url of flippinfactory to curbsideconnections. Then, I can point (through the godaddy dashboard) the domain name that I own (curbsideconnections.com) to the wordpress blog. If I want to keep my subscribers and permalinks and redirect traffic, I will have to purchase the SITE REDIRECT. According to auxclass's answer above, visitors will see the new URL, not the old one.

    Option 2)
    follow all the steps above without purchasing the site redirect. If I don't purchase it then I'll lose my permalinks, subscribers, and traffic. I would be starting over. This option makes sense only if I don't have a new blog to export

    Option 3)
    I could create a brand new blog with curbsideconnections.wordpress.com and point the domain name that I own (through my godaddy dashboard, not through WP dashboard/support) to this new wp blog. I would keep the old blog (flippinfactory.wordpress.com) and create a featured sticky post that informs visitors of the change and tell them to go over to curbsideconnections. Subscribers and permalinks would not follow.

    Option 4) (which seems to only apply if I had two blogs that I wanted to merge).
    With this option, I could follow the directions for the MOVING BETWEEN WORDPRESS.COM BLOGS on the support page, which entails exporting the old blog and importing it into the new one. If done this way, I wouldn't keep followers or permalinks because I essentially created a new blog and moved the files of the old blog over to the new blog.

    Given all the pieces of my puzzle, it still seems to me that SITE REDIRECT and DOMAIN MAPPING are the same thing. What, if any, is the difference between the two?

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