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Why can't I redirect my blog?

  1. I am trying to redirect the blog I created on wordpress.com to a blog I created on wordpress.org.

    I will eventually cancel the one on wordpress.com, but first I want people to know that I switched. My wordpress.org blog is being hosted on Lunar Pages, but when I went through LP's C-Panel to do the redirection process, nothing happens.

    I think I need to make it so the wordpress.com blog points to Lunar Pages' server, but I don't know how to do that.

    My wordpress.com blog is http://www.carlosmiller.wordpress.com. My wordpress.org blog is http://www.carlosmiller.com.

  2. I would suggest that you put a last post on your blog here with a statement that you have moved to another host and give a link to that new location. That way anyone that comes to your .com blog can get directly to your new blog.

    That is what I did and it worked out well for me.

  3. I have done that, but I would also like to redirect the blog, just to keep things simpler. Is there anyway to do that?

  4. You can redirect your blog through the manage domains section on your dashboard - the area on the bottom where you have to copy your customer number then click and follow instructions implicitly. Along the way, you'll encounter layers of security but to me, that's a very good thing. There is online help available.

  5. Domain mapping (from .com) won't work in your case since you are not looking to display your .com blog at the new URL. I am not aware of anyway to do it from here at .com. Perhaps someone else will have an idea.

  6. /nod to ellaella
    Thanks for coming to the rescue.

  7. @tsp - first, Happy New Year and good to see you.

    I just repointed one of my blogs last night so it's still fresh in my mind. So is the sheer angst of the "what if I mess this up royally?" variety. :)

  8. I haven't done any of this, so it's not like domain mapping, correct? It actually just redirects visitors to the other URL, right?

  9. @ellaella Happy new year to you as well by the way.

  10. ellaella,

    I've been looking through my dashboard, but I can't find any area that says "manage domains".

  11. @carlosmiller - It's in upgrades>domains. I had it because of domain mapping but I see it's not there on a blog without it. Since you own your domain now -- I assumed you had mapping when I glanced at that, sorry -- I can speculate about the next step, but that's not wise. Why not use the support button in the upper right of your dashboard and ask for clarity?

  12. @tsp - right, it's not like domain mapping. My original blog is still here (made private now) but it has reverted to its original url and not the mapped one. It doesn't mirror the "live" blog or is in any way connected. I'm keeping the original in case self-hosting is not for me and I left the domain registration here.

    Click on my user name to see the new digs. ;)

  13. ellaalla,

    I did the importation thing, but I was hoping to be able to redirect the link where it would open up in my new blog, rather than have people click on a link to my new blog. People can be very lazy.

    But I just found out that this is impossible in WordPress.

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/09/can-i-redirect-my-blog/

  14. Ah, well, if you had domain mapping you could redirect. That's what I did last night. If the redirect is really important, mapping is only a couple of dollars. Ten, I think, since you already have a domain.

    That said, when I signed up with my host I remember (vaguely, I did not pay much attention because it didn't apply to me) something about them taking care of it if I also transferred my domain registration, but I'm leaving that here. I don't know if all hosts offer that, but it's worth checking with your new host. Their support people will have to help you with that.

  15. martynalandavis
    Member

    Carlos,

    I share your frustration here, as I am in the process of moving a wordpress.com blog to our own self managed wordpress domain.

    WordPress.com is the best free offering around, but after spending time building a reputation within the blogosphere and being indexed by all the major indexing engines, it is a shame that Automattic do not offer the ability to redirect a wordpress.com blog to any domain name.

    This is a service which I would be willing to pay say $10 a year for - so it is money that Automattic are leaving on the table, money which would greatly help them continue offering wordpress.com.

    Technically this is not an issue, since they should be able to trap any reference to say http://blog.wordpress.com and redirect to http://myblogisherenow.com via:

    <?php
    Header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );
    Header( "Location: http://myblogisherenow.com" );
    ?>

    As to whether this would generically map all blog URLs to the new domain, I do not know.

    If not, then they can be done on a URL by URL basis, for example, a request for http://blog.wordpress.com/2007/12/25/merry-xmas/ can be redirected by:

    <?php
    Header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );
    Header( "Location: http://myblogisherenow.com/2007/12/25/merry-xmas" );
    ?>

    Since exporting and importing bog data will preserve the URL structure.

    Maybe something for Matt to whip up when he has a bit of spare time.

    Hopefully the internal plumbing within WordPress do not prevent a major rewrite to accomodate this.

    Also, if this will never ever be offered, the information within Domains tab within Options should explicitly state that redirecting a wordpress.com blog to another domain is not supported - will save a lot of time.

  16. martynalandavis
    Member

    Matt Mullenburg explains how this can be done.
    See Open Letter To Automattic for the details.
    And thanks again Matt.

  17. I published this info (redirect is possible as described by Matt in the response to the "open letter") on my blog and I was told in the comments that the redirect seems to be possible only if the domain has been registered via wordpress.com - I cannot really believe it, but I'd appreciate some sort of clear explanation from the staff.

  18. martynalandavis
    Member

    isadora - You do not have to have your domain registered via WordPress.com.
    We have successfully redirected blogwell.wordpress.com to blog-well.com which is registered with GoDaddy.

  19. martynalandavis
    Member

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  20. martynalandavis
    Member

    This issue should be updated to say you can redirect a WordPress.com blog to your own domain - and closed as resolved.
    Check out our how to redirect a WordPress.com blog for an easy step by step guide.

  21. That is 100% correct. It can be done and Matt explains how. Really it is get the domain mapping and point the nameservers to wordpress.com. Put that URL as the primary domain and then change your DNS nameservers back to your other hosted blog.

    Trent

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