I love wordpress, its a great product. I used it recently on a free subdomain of theirs and wrote a few posts. I wasn’t sure I was going to get into this blogging lark so thought it was a handy half way house. I didn’t want to go out and get a domain to put it on, upload the scripts and configure it unless I was really sure that I was going to get in to it.
10 days later I’m kinda hooked. I like spouting off and venting about stuff that pisses me off or interests me or just bemuses/amuses me.
So last night I bit the bullet. I exported all the old posts to the new WP setup here and went out and sourced the various plugins and themes I wanted to use.
I looked through the upgrade options in my robwatts.wordpress.com cp and didn’t see anything on redirection. Saw a little bit about url masking and all that, but nothing on what I wanted, which was a simple “301 this content has been moved permanantly” to where you are at now.
For the curious amongst you that would be
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
The odd thing is I would have quite happily have paid for this. I didn’t expect them to do it for nothing. It would have saved me from having to go back over everything ive written and close commenting and put up a link to the new location. I could just delete it too, alas the seo in me just cringes at the resultant loss of link love. Not to mention my huge army of feedburner subscribers, a whole 3 in number 😉 oh, and search engine visitors looking for Dirk fuckin Benedict!Mustn’t forget those eh.
I was surprised at the trust and authority conveyed to the wordpress.com domain. I doubt whether any of what I write here will rank for anything for some time. Its a brand new domain, has little to nothing link love too…but, we shall see, of course, I’m not exactly bothered.