You will lose followers if you change Blog Web Address (URL)

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  • #1445314

    None taken, raincoaster ;)

    Averagesouthafrican – that sounds like a horrible one! I have no idea where to start. Do you want the domain name back in particular, or just the posts? If the former, I’m wondering if there’s any way to transfer the thing wholesale to a new place.

    What happens if you go to dashboard.wordpress.com and hit “transfer blog”??

    #1445315

    Sorry, that should read “if the latter”.

    #1445316

    I just want the posts back. When I try click on the blog it tells me my log in details have been changed and I can not access it :(

    #1445317

    Is that when you click on the blog title or “transfer blog” (below the blog title)?

    #1445318

    Sorry, it’s in the column “blog address”.

    So dashboard.wordpress.com -> my blogs -> mouse over area under URL in “blog address” column to get two options:
    Change blog address
    and
    Transfer blog

    What happens?

    #1445319

    It shows under linked blogs section for some odd reason.

    When I go to manage my blogs it shows me both my blogs but when I click on mentalxpress it tells me to log in which I can’t

    #1445320

    Hm. Sorry, I’m out of ideas (doesn’t take long with this stuff). Hopefully someone with more expertise will come through… good luck!

    #1445321

    Thank you for your help really appreciate it :)

    #1445322

    Hi @averagesouthafrican, two bits of bad news:

    When I visit, http://mentalxpress.wordpress.com/, it tells me that ‘the authors have deleted this site.’ Once you delete a site, the content and the url are not recoverable.

    I also looked up the registration for MENTALXPRESS.COM for you, and it seems that someone else registered that domain name almost two years ago, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get that one back.

    If you have further questions about this, could you start a new thread for your problem only? It will help the helpers keep the questions straight and make sure everything gets its own resolution. ;)

    #1445323

    jackiedana
    Member

    I have already responded to averagesouthafrican here:
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/domain-expired-35?replies=16

    There is a site with that URL attached to his account, but it was a Jetpack site and therefore not hosted with us.

    #1445325

    hellosonya
    Member

    Unfortunately, I’m having the same problem as bronwynandadam. My husband subscribes to my blog, and after changing the URL/Title the posts no longer show up in his Reader. And those who I considered “regular followers” have not been interacting with my posts since I changed the blog URL/Title, which leads me to believe I’m no longer showing up in their Reader either.

    #1445326

    jackiedana
    Member

    Thanks for letting us know. As I mentioned before, we’re aware of the issue but it has not been resolved yet.

    #1445328

    jackiedana
    Member

    It appears that the issue has been resolved, and in particular, I am seeing the posts from bronwynandadam’s blog in my Reader now.

    If others who posted here are still hearing reports that their posts are not appearing in followers’ Readers, please reply here with the address of your blog, and I will check on that for you.

    #1445329

    Hi Jackie,

    People (like you) who subscribed after I changed the URL are fine. (So are people who unfollowed and refollowed me after the change of URL.)

    It’s just the people who subscribed before the change who are affected, so I don’t know if your tests have looked into this (I’m still not getting any interaction from them). It’s as if they are still subscribed to fantasyholidays.wordpress.com/feed – and that has stopped operating (whereas the new followers are subscribed to journeysofthefabulist.wordpress.com/feed – which is functioning just fine).

    I’ve just thought of someone I can ask to double check, though so I’ll let you know what feedback they give on the problem.

    #1445330

    jackiedana
    Member

    @bronwynandadam thanks for letting me know. I’ve passed your feedback along and will let you know what I find out.

    #1445331

    jackiedana
    Member

    Upon testing this further, it looks like the feed is indeed working now for older (pre-name change) followers. If you are getting complaints from WordPress.com users who are not seeing your posts in their Reader, please let me know their email address so I can check their feed.

    #1445332

    Ok yes thanks Jackie. As of today I’m now getting interaction from my previous followers. You guys rock!

    #1445333

    jackiedana
    Member

    That’s great! Thanks for letting me know. :)

    #1445334

    mbtttr
    Member

    Hi @jackiedana. This is the same problem I’m having at

    mustbethistalltoride.com

    Once I dropped the [dot]wordpress from the URL, I lost a ton of people. Basically, every non-email subscriber who hit ‘Follow’ before the change a couple weeks ago.

    Can you help? I really appreciate your time.

    #1445335

    mbtttr
    Member

    I’m a dork.

    Links help…

    mustbethistalltoride.com

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