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Can WP.org help me with site redirects? (8 posts)

  1. Dan
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Here is a question that I couldn't get a direct answer for.

    I run a popular blog at WordPress.com
    Now, I intend to transfer it to a new self-hosted WP.org site.

    All my posts on my current blog fall into two categories. And, I intend to transfer each category to different sub-directories on the news site.

    And, I know how to do all that.

    However, I would like to set up site redirects in that manner too.
    That is: category/news on my current site to be redirected to one of the new sub-directory on the new site, and the other (category/blog) to be redirected to the second sub-directory on the new site.

    I doubt WordPress.com's redirect function allows/enables this. (though the staff didn't give me clear answer).
    The experts at my new website's webhosting service are not certain either.

    Therefore, I am hoping that while I will setup at WordPress all permalinks to go to one of the subdirectories of my new site, there might be a tweak in the WP.org software or something like that can help me the kind of redirect I wanted in the first place.

    I assume I am not the first to ask this, though I couldn't find anything on Google that helps someone like me - with out htpaccess at old site.

    I appreciate your help.
    Thanx in advance.

  2. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

  3. Miroslav Glavić
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So you want

    whatever.wordpress.com/category/postname to go to

    yournewdomain.com/category/postname

    Correct?

  4. Dan
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanx for your prompt reply:

    What I wanted is to redirect backlinks pointing to my current blog/site hosted by WordPress.com in the following manner:
    (let me call it: currentsite.com b/c I purchased custom domain months ago there is no "wordpress" on the url).

    currentsite.com/category/news/ TO newsite.com/news
    currentsite.com/category/blog/ TO newsite.com/blog

    Note that: newsite.com is a self-hosted WP.org site.
    newsite.com/news and newsite.com/blog are subdirectories of the new site.

  5. Dan
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    It seems "simple 301 redirect" plugin solves my issue, as its description purports to be "an easy method of redirecting requests to another page on your site or elsewhere on the web. It's especially handy when you migrate a site to WordPress and can't preserve your URL structure."

    Therefore, I think I can do as follows:

    1/Using WordPress.com's redirect function, I can redirect the currentsite.com to a subdomain on the newsite.com.

    2/Then, using the plugin, I can redirect the posts/categories from the subdomain.newsite.com to the relevant subdirectories on the newsite.com

    Am I right? Or missing something?
    How come nobody suggested this method? Would it affect SEO?

    Thank you.

  6. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    You need to install the plugin, activate it and see if the links redirected correctly. If all the links work as expected, whatever SEO benefits you had in your old site can be expected, as it is generally understood. The rest will depend on search engines.

  7. Dan
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    To make the trial, as you suggested, do I not need to delete or make-private the current site? (the site from which I intend to do the redirect ultimately)?

    If so, I would like to hear from experts or other users before taking that final step. (Because the current site is active and working)

    P.s.- By SEO, I want to say search engines.

  8. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    You need not make the site private. If you delete one of the sites, the redirect will not work because you are redirecting URLs of one site to another. So, when you activate redirection of a URL, that URL will not show up but in place of that the new link will open. Search engines too shall be redirected to the new link.

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