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[resolved] How to redirect an old, defunct feed address? (14 posts)

  1. Just Football
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi,

    I recently moved from Blogger to WordPress and in the process I lost loads of subscribers!

    I've isolated the problem (I think), and need to redirect this feed address:

    http://www.just-football.com/feeds/posts/default

    which now goes to a blank page, to a new address:

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/Just-football?alt=atom

    I wondered what is the best way to do this? Is it best to perform a htaccess file edit? And if so what should I edit it to say?

    Thanks very much

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

  3. Mark / t31os
    Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also some general information here if you prefer to write your own rules.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Feeds#Changing_Addresses

    The information is general though, so you may find the plugin suggested above easier, just wanted to chuck in another suggestion.. ;)

  4. Just Football
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks very much.

    It seems a bit extensive to download a whole plugin for one redirect - would you recommend changing the htaccess file or what do you think is the best way of doing it?

  5. Mark / t31os
    Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Whichever suits you best or you find easier to implement.

    I don't think there's really such a thing as a "best" way, just popular or preferred ways.. :)

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Personally I'd just add a 301 redirect to the .htaccess file if you can manage it.

  7. Just Football
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ive had a read of that link above and it doesn't really say exactly how to redirect an address like the example I gave:

    http://www.just-football.com/feeds/posts/default

    I'm well aware that .htaccess files are delicate and can crash the whole website if mismanaged but I'm a WordPress newb so have no idea what code to enter, could someone please suggest how to edit the above to redirect to

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/Just-football?alt=atom

    ?

    I'd really appreciate it.
    Thanks.

  8. Just Football
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Any ideas, please?

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Try:

    Redirect 301 /feeds/posts/default http://feeds.feedburner.com/Just-football?alt=atom

  10. Just Football
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks very much! Do I just add that anywhere in the .htaccess file?

  11. Mark / t31os
    Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    On a new line at the top is fine.. (yes, in the htaccess).

  12. Just Football
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ok great, thankyou.

    A query though, what will the people on this old feed receive?

    If the old address is defunct, how will it know to retrieve new posts and forward to the new address, if that makes sense?

    Or will this redirect effectively normalise the feed again?

  13. Mark / t31os
    Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If people are subscribed to the old feed URL i imagine they'd receive a 301 response back from the address.

    I don't know a great deal about feeds myself, maybe feed readers sent a 301 update to the new URL returned automatically, but i honestly don't know myself.

    Perhaps someone else can comment further.. (you could always test registering to the old feed address in a feed reader yourself, and see what happens?)..

  14. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    When I've used this kind of redirect previously (on a non-WordPress site), subscribers to the old feed were immediately forwarded to the new feed. Most of them were using various online news aggregators at the time but I can't recall which ones.

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