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  • Samuel B

    (@samboll)

    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.. 😉

    Just Football

    (@just-football)

    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?

    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.. 🙂

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

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

    Just Football

    (@just-football)

    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.

    Just Football

    (@just-football)

    Any ideas, please?

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Try:

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

    Just Football

    (@just-football)

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

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

    Just Football

    (@just-football)

    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?

    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?)..

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    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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