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need to move to wordpress.com - advice needed

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by darrensss, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. darrensss

    darrensss Power Member

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    Guys,
    I need to move my blogs to wordpress.com.
    At the moment they are hosted on there own domain with hostgator.
    Don't worry - i understand the restrictions wordpress.com applies but i need some advice on the following ...

    1) When i come to move my content, I know i can download my posts into a xml file and then import them at my wordpress.com blog but what/how do i move my images that are in the posts?

    2) im looking to change my urls from something like
    http://www . myblogsite.com/this-is-my-first-post
    to
    http:// myblogsite.wordpress.com/this-is-my-first-post

    Anyone know how to set this up as a 301 in .htaccess? i dont want to manually create a record for each post in my .htaccess file so is there a wildcard method i can use?

    Thanks
     
  2. collywobbles99

    collywobbles99 Junior Member

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    You could always use a simple search and replace in a decent text editor such as notepad++ to sort out the URLs. Just open up the xml file.
     
  3. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Darrensss,

    If you are just wanting to redirect your main URL to a non www version, you can do something like this in .htaccess,

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^domain\.com
    RewriteRule (.*) http://domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]


    Redirecting users to specific pages from other similar pages however will require some more tedious work. Unfortunately I believe the only way to send users to a similar page (i.e. www(dot)example(dot)com/old_version_of_page to /new_version_of_page) is to write it out for each page you want to redirect to. I am not aware of a regular expression that would encompass all the unique URL's of a website.

    This post from Google explains how doing this tedious task is good for user experience but that it is a lot of work,

    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=83105

    Good luck!

    Shawn