Moving a blog

No, I am not moving, but a friend is… From Blogger to WordPress.

The Lost Oupost has moved, and it raises some interesting questions. Such as how do you get everything moved? The posts and comments are just some hacking of mysql, but how about external links and search engines?

I have never been one to rate my blog, but I suppose if it ever got a decent rating I might care more about it, so how do you transfer that over to your new blog?

I suppose you could try an apache 301 redirect if you have access to your own server, but I doubt if blogger lets you do that. What about with javascript? Doesn’t work very nicely…

I guess the best thing you could do is try to write a script to forward users and pass the old address, giving a temporary redirect with the new site and new page, and then either have that processed on the old server, or have the new one do it. Not a very nice solution, but then when you don’t host your own server you have limited options…

About Anton Piatek

Professional bit herder, amateur photographer. Linux and tech geek
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3 Responses to Moving a blog

  1. Andy Piper says:

    Anton, thanks for the linkage. These are the very questions I’ve been struggling with. I’m in the process of writing my “how I moved” post now – but the search engine stuff is harder to deal with.

  2. Anton says:

    On the subject of wordpress, what do you do about comment moderation.
    I don’t mind people writing crap comments, but I really dislike the idea of people using my blog as a spam support, to boost links to their profit making scam sites…

  3. Andy Piper says:

    Comment moderation – I’ve currently got it set to ask me to moderate anything with 2+ links (the default for WordPress.com) and it seems to be ok so far – but then I’m not on any search engine radar yet. It may get more awkward. I notice that Eight Bar is getting some clever comment spam with just the website link for the user name as the spam, the content is just something like “great blog!”. The spam is one of the reasons I stopped running my own server, to be honest… I’ll have to see how it pans out with the new blog.

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