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Redirecting WordPress.com to WordPress.org

by Eric Pena on June 7, 2008 · 30 comments

in Tutorials,WordPress


First of all, welcome to my new blog!


So, this is my first entry as a newbie to blogging outside of the comforts of WordPress.com. Creating a blog that you can have control of, from editing and creating themes to monetizing it, is not as difficult as I initially thought. It is rather a pleasant challenge. And note, you don’t need to spend much too! Well, I guess that will be for another topic. There is one important point I’d like to stress though, and that is preserving what you have from your old blog—posts, comments, incoming links, search engine caches—to your new blog site without re-creating everything from scratch. Backing-up and restoring all your files is easy using the built-in Import and Export function of both WordPress.com and the WordPress open source. Getting your old and new visitors and subscribers to your new site on a new domain is tricky.

I read blogs of other people on the subject and most of them say that WordPress.com blogs can’t be redirected to other blogs on a different domain even when you use the open source blog from WordPress.org. Most have suggested to place a large sign on your old homepage with a link to your new website. Well, I found out that the WordPress.com limitation isn’t entirely true. You can redirect your WordPress.com site to other domains… but with a cost, precisely $10 per year. Not much if I may say so and it works! I found this out from BlogWell. You can also download the PDF document directly here.

Indeed, the procedure, if you follow the document exactly, really works. Anyone who goes to your old site will automatically be re-directed to your new site (e.g. typing http://blacksocks.wordpress.com on your browser will open the http://menoob.com website.). A word of caution though. I found out 2 days later that there was a problem with existing links to my posts from other sites or coming from search engines.

Different Link Post Formats

You see, the default links created by WordPress.com for each post has this format:

Example (a):http://blacksocks.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/turn-your-pc-into-a-mac/“.

On the other hand, the WordPress.org blogging program (at least for ver. 2.5.1) has this default format:

Example (b): "http://menoob.com/?p=123".

So clicking on an old link as example (a) above will convert the domain name and look for a URL that says:

http://menoob.com/2008/02/08/turn-your-pc-into-a-mac/“.

The result is a page error and losing visitors to your site.

To fix this problem, you need to change the default format in the WordPress.org blogging program to “Day and name” from:

wp-admin -> settings (or options for other versions) -> permalinks



That should bring back all those people clicking on old links to your old posts in your new blog domain!


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  • http://blog-well.com Lid

    Hey, this is pretty cool for a noob ;)

    Thank you for the link. I think you’re the inspiration for us having to update the PDF (in the next few weeks, need to get used to summer break first :))

    Thanks for your support too

  • http://blog-well.com Lid

    Hey, this is pretty cool for a noob ;)

    Thank you for the link. I think you’re the inspiration for us having to update the PDF (in the next few weeks, need to get used to summer break first :))

    Thanks for your support too

  • admin

    Well, if not for your great guide we will all be doing it the manual way. Thanks too!

    Noobs can learn pretty fast if we help one another. 8^)

  • admin

    Well, if not for your great guide we will all be doing it the manual way. Thanks too!

    Noobs can learn pretty fast if we help one another. 8^)

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  • http://www.llworldtour.com Lisa

    Hi!
    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve also just moved from WP.com to self hosted.

    I think i will do this domain redirecting but have a few questions.

    1. Does doing the redirect mean that the wp.com address will still be ‘out there’ in searches, etc…even if i’m trying to get rid of it and start building stats for new site’s domain name?

    2. Would i just do this for one year and hope that at that point the new domain will be all googled up or will doing this redirect thru wp.com mean that the new domain name still won’t get out there.

    Not sure if these questions make sense…i hope so.
    Thanks!!
    LL

  • http://www.llworldtour.com Lisa

    Hi!
    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve also just moved from WP.com to self hosted.

    I think i will do this domain redirecting but have a few questions.

    1. Does doing the redirect mean that the wp.com address will still be ‘out there’ in searches, etc…even if i’m trying to get rid of it and start building stats for new site’s domain name?

    2. Would i just do this for one year and hope that at that point the new domain will be all googled up or will doing this redirect thru wp.com mean that the new domain name still won’t get out there.

    Not sure if these questions make sense…i hope so.
    Thanks!!
    LL

  • http://menoob.com menooB

    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, your old blog on WP.com will still be searchable in search engines. However, because of the auto redirect, people clicking on the old blog links from search results will see your new blog on your new domain (remember to adjust your Permalinks if necessary). WP.com ranks high in search engines because it is highly optimized and therefore blogs on it benefit too. Expect though that initially, your new blog will lose the traffic you’re normally getting from your old blog. Over time, around a month or so, search engines will start pointing to your new blog, provided you continue to create interesting posts and do your own site search engine optimization.

    Although I haven’t reached a year of redirecting myself, I believe you won’t be needing to renew your WP.com redirection after a year. After a little over a month, my own searches on Google shows my new blog in search results while I haven’t seen my WP.com blog anymore.

  • http://menoob.com menooB

    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, your old blog on WP.com will still be searchable in search engines. However, because of the auto redirect, people clicking on the old blog links from search results will see your new blog on your new domain (remember to adjust your Permalinks if necessary). WP.com ranks high in search engines because it is highly optimized and therefore blogs on it benefit too. Expect though that initially, your new blog will lose the traffic you’re normally getting from your old blog. Over time, around a month or so, search engines will start pointing to your new blog, provided you continue to create interesting posts and do your own site search engine optimization.

    Although I haven’t reached a year of redirecting myself, I believe you won’t be needing to renew your WP.com redirection after a year. After a little over a month, my own searches on Google shows my new blog in search results while I haven’t seen my WP.com blog anymore.

  • http://www.llworldtour.com Lisa

    Cool–thanks so much for the help and advice. I am so lucky to find sites like yours and blog-well to help with this scary process. :)
    LL
    http://www.llworldtour.com

  • http://www.llworldtour.com Lisa

    Cool–thanks so much for the help and advice. I am so lucky to find sites like yours and blog-well to help with this scary process. :)
    LL
    http://www.llworldtour.com

  • http://customersrock.wordpress.com Becky Carroll

    Thank you for this article; it is all starting to make sense now. A few questions:

    - Do you lose your Google pagerank when you do this?
    - How did you get your subscribers over?
    - What about links from other blogs?

    Thanks for any help or advice! I have been wanting to do this for awhile now, and I think I am ready to bite the bullet.

  • http://customersrock.wordpress.com Becky Carroll

    Thank you for this article; it is all starting to make sense now. A few questions:

    - Do you lose your Google pagerank when you do this?
    - How did you get your subscribers over?
    - What about links from other blogs?

    Thanks for any help or advice! I have been wanting to do this for awhile now, and I think I am ready to bite the bullet.

  • http://menoob.com menooB

    Thanks Becky!

    Since you are moving to a new domain, you will lose your old Google pagerank. However, you can quickly recover this as your subscribers are automatically redirected to your new site and new visitors come in. Old links will remain pointed to your old blog but anyone clicking on them will be redirected to your new one.

  • http://menoob.com menooB

    Thanks Becky!

    Since you are moving to a new domain, you will lose your old Google pagerank. However, you can quickly recover this as your subscribers are automatically redirected to your new site and new visitors come in. Old links will remain pointed to your old blog but anyone clicking on them will be redirected to your new one.

  • http://breakingnewskenya.wordpress.com kenyanobserver

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m sure a lot of people will benefit from this. I’m about to move my blog as well. Hope all goes well.

  • http://breakingnewskenya.wordpress.com kenyanobserver

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m sure a lot of people will benefit from this. I’m about to move my blog as well. Hope all goes well.

  • http://menoob.com menooB

    Good luck and enjoy!

  • http://menoob.com menooB

    Good luck and enjoy!

  • maria

    I did this this morning, using the PDF. I couldn’t believe how easy and fast it was.

    But wait.

    I can’t get to the wordpress.org login screen. It’s redirecting me to my wordpress.com login. I can’t even begin to figure out what went wrong, but if I can’t get to the right wp-admin login, suddenly moving to godaddy seems kind of pointless.

  • http://menoob.com menoob

    Hi Maria,

    I think you missed one step! You should go back to WordPress.com wp-admin and under the Domains section of the dashboard, select “Put blog here” next to your new domain name. Please go back and review the document and make sure you perform all the steps.

    Hope that helps.

  • maria

    Thanks, menoob.
    I didn’t miss a step, which I verified by redoing the whole thing (including the WP install) three times.

    After making myself crazy for a few hours, I finally stepped away from the computer. I went back later, and lo and behold, everything was working perfectly. Absolutely perfectly.

    I think it just took a few hours for the DNS servers to update. In the future I will remind myself that these things require some patience. :)

    Thanks!

  • http://empressofdrac.com empress

    hi there…i just finished following the redirection guide written by those guys in blog-well…my problem is this…when I reset my 1and1 server names the redirection changed.

    If you'll try to access empressofdrac.wordpress.com you will be redirected to the domain name ONLY but not to my self hosted site. That is if you'll check empressofdrac.com you will be redirected to my old wordpress blog instead to my new self hosted blog.

    Before I reset my Domain Name Severs to it's original settings I changed them to wordpress domain name servers(as what the redirection guide from blogwell said)(ns1.wordpress.com etc.). My site has been redirected well that time…

    But it goes the other way when I reset my DNS setting. I just followed blog-well's instruction…I don't have any idea what to do now…

  • http://menoob.com menoob

    Hi there!

    Sorry for the late reply. Anyway, I heard the guys at BlogWell has already helped you out? Yes, it takes a while for DNS servers to propagate their data to the rest of the electronic boxes that spun the Net!

    Enjoy your new site!

  • http://www.williamburgsrealestate.com john womeldorf

    How do you find your wordpress.org blog ranks in comparison to your old wordpress.com blog ?

  • http://menoob.com menoob

    Can't compare them now since it's been a while since I transferred to my wordpress.org blog. Nobody goes to the old wordpress.com site anymore, and if they do, they'll just be redirected to the new site.

  • http://www.internet.ne.kr GH

    I believe many HTML dummies like myself benefit from simple and easy blogs. Is it possible for me to survive complicated wordpress.org setup process? Great post. Thanks.

  • http://seonaster.tblog.com Capiznon 2009

    hi there i want to ask about wordpress.com
    about his nature????

  • http://ijonathan6oogb.com/ Jonathan

    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much I have been rattling my brain on how to fix the link error issue! It's all solved now thanks to you!

    Thanks so much!

  • tanabee

    Hi. I really hope you could help me, I've been struggling for one whole month now. I have a wordpress.com blog and it's hosted by bluehost. So my wordpress.com account goes directly to my personal domain. Now, I want to move my wordpress.com account to wordpress.org by using the same personal web address. How can I do that and is it possible? I already downloaded the latest version of wordpress.org in bluehost but I don't know how to move my wordpress.com account to wordpress.org. Please help me. Please! please! Looking forward for your response. Thank you.

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