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Moving blog that uses our own domain to a self-hosted site

  1. From the beginning our blog at WordPress.com has used our own domain name, TrekOhio.com. We will soon be moving to a self-hosted site. I have a few questions about the moving process:

    1. Since search engines have already indexed our site via our own domain, I don't see any reason to arrange for any sort or redirect. Am I correct about that, or am I missing something?
    2. On Twitter I have been announcing new our posts, but the links use the wp.me short URLs. Will old tweets continue to point to my posts at TrekOhio.com, or will these tweets point back to trekohio.wordpress.com?
    3. At this point we have 181 WordPress.com followers, with the majority of our followers using email or other social media to learn of our latest posts. At this point I'm leaning against using the Jetpack plugin. I would like to publish a post to inform our WordPress.com followers that they can still learn of our new posts by entering our URL (http://trekohio.com) in the WordPress.com Reader as described here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/reader/. This would keep Reader users up-to-date, right?
    4. Finally, I am wondering what to do with trekohio.wordpress.com after our self-hosted site is up and running. I'm under the impression that it is customary to just make the blog private. Alternatively I've been wondering if I were to make all of our existing posts and pages private, whether we could use trekohio.wordpress.com as another way of staying in touch with our WordPress.com followers by using "Press this" to publicize new posts at our self-hosted blog. If we did this, I assume that our current WordPress.com followers would continue to be informed about our new posts. Am I right, or is this an awful idea?

    The blog I need help with is trekohio.com.

  2. Hi Deb,

    Since search engines have already indexed our site via our own domain, I don't see any reason to arrange for any sort or redirect. Am I correct about that, or am I missing something?

    Correct. If you want your permalinks to redirect, you'll want to choose the same permalink structure on your new blog (day and name).

    On Twitter I have been announcing new our posts, but the links use the wp.me short URLs. Will old tweets continue to point to my posts at TrekOhio.com, or will these tweets point back to trekohio.wordpress.com?

    That's a good question. I'm not sure - if you use the Jetpack plugin, it supports shortlinks, but I don't know if the old ones would redirect. If you moved over, you could test one of the old ones, and if it doesn't redirect, you could put a site redirect on the old .com site. Then, the shortlink would redirect to the old post, and that post's permalink would redirect to the new post.

    At this point we have 181 WordPress.com followers, with the majority of our followers using email or other social media to learn of our latest posts. At this point I'm leaning against using the Jetpack plugin. I would like to publish a post to inform our WordPress.com followers that they can still learn of our new posts by entering our URL (http://trekohio.com) in the WordPress.com Reader as described here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/reader/. This would keep Reader users up-to-date, right?

    They can follow your site in the reader via RSS, same as they would in any feed reader. I'm curious why you don't want to use Jetpack?

    Finally, I am wondering what to do with trekohio.wordpress.com after our self-hosted site is up and running. I'm under the impression that it is customary to just make the blog private. Alternatively I've been wondering if I were to make all of our existing posts and pages private, whether we could use trekohio.wordpress.com as another way of staying in touch with our WordPress.com followers by using "Press this" to publicize new posts at our self-hosted blog. If we did this, I assume that our current WordPress.com followers would continue to be informed about our new posts. Am I right, or is this an awful idea?

    You mean leave it public and then basically reblog posts from the new blog on the old one? I wouldn't advise it, honestly - I think it would be confusing for people, and Google also kind of frowns on duplicate content.

    Let me know if you have further questions!

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