Linking when moving from WP.com to standalone WP installation

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  • #315707

    juusan
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    I am going to be working with a WordPress.com user to move her blog over to a standalone WordPress app. Is it possible to set up a redirect on her old WP.com posts to forward visitors to the new location of the same posts?

    I’ve seen this:

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/exporting-org-blog-to-self-hosted-wp?replies=5

    But it (or the questions it links to) doesn’t answer the forwarding/linking question.

    If it’s not possible to set up forwarding, how do you recommend we go about forwarding her traffic? Any ideas/suggestions appreciated.

    #315891

    There is this, http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/09/can-i-redirect-my-blog/ , but it requires the paid domain mapping upgrade and I know quite a few people who have had problems getting it to work properly.

    What I did was keep the blog here and then put up a last post letting people know I had moved, and then deleting the other posts (after transferring them to the new blog). It took a couple months for my hits on the old blog to go to virtually nothing and then I set the old blog to private.

    #315991

    juusan
    Member

    Thanks! It appears that in that case the posts would still live on WordPress.com, though. Maybe I just don’t understand, but if I have to change my name servers away from the host, how will people be able to access the blog on the new host’s servers through the personal domain??

    #315994

    No, they would not have to. With standard domain mapping yes, but the link I provided gives a work around to redirect people from the wordpress.COM URL to your new self-hosted blog using the domain mapping upgrade.

    As I said though I’ve had people who could not get it to work properly.

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