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  • Resolved mbmusgrove

    (@mbmusgrove)


    OK- problems everywhere due to my ignorance(whoever said a little knowledge is a dangerous thing wasn’t kidding):

    I set up my website (www.michaelmusgrove.com) last night and installed WordPress, but added the extension /blog, not really thinking or knowing what I was doing. I then added the tracking code for google analytics to that, so that is what my google analytics account is tracking under my main Google/gmail account. Decided I screwed up and want JUST http://www.michaelmusgrove.com without the /blog extension (even though I added some fairly well-written content and imported 30+ posts from Blogger that I wouldn’t mind recovering, but it’s not that big of a deal-I have bigger fish to fry at this point).

    So, I installed WordPress for my main domain and move on. Problems are of course now cropping up.

    Google analytics is tracking the /blog site, and even though I added the tracking code to the pages of my main domain, I’m not sure what in the world is being tracked now.

    I can’t verify my main domain, through Google analytics (since it’s tracking the /blog site) and when I add the meta tag to the header of my main site now, I can’t verify it either. THAT is annoying.

    I don’t want to just Nuke everything at this point because of the time invested but I am pulling my hair out. I also would rather not start setting up all sorts of duplicate accounts, but I don’t know what the solution is.

    Anyone have any solutions for an idiot?

    When I search google for my site (site: http://www.michaelmusgrove.com) all that comes up in google search results is the /blog site extension, but all THAT is, is an Index of /blog. That, of course, is NOT what I want to pull up (I just want may main domain) and am not even sure how to access the /blog site anymore.

    I am so confused.

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  • You edit the site URL in Google Analytics. There’s a edit button to the right of the table in https://www.google.com/analytics/settings/

    I believe Google Analytics only track statistics. To help google index your pages you’ll need to:
    1. Create a sitemap with the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
    2. Use Google Webmaster Tools.

    Since Google has already indexed http://www.michaelmusgrove.com/blog/, you should redirect that to your home page with .htaccess.

    Find your .htaccess in your root folder and add the following at the beginning:

    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    Redirect 301 /blog/ http://www.michaelmusgrove.com/
    </IfModule>

    You, Joseph, are awesome. One more dumb question as I try to untangle my mess, as I’m getting tired of assuming things incorrectly.

    Where exactly am I looking for my .htaccess in my root folder, and am I adding the 301 redirect at the VERY beginning? I went to the index.php page–is that where I’m sticking that code? Or is it n the Header.php page, beneath <title>? Or am I not even close? I’m sure you (or anyone reading this) are rolling your eyes, but I can’t take much more trial and error learning tonight. It ‘s been mostly error.

    Thanks SO much for your quick and VERY helpful response!!

    Michael

    There should be a file named .htaccess at the root folder, likely named public_html, and should look something like the following inside:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    
    # END WordPress

    Now, paste the following block of code before that and on a newline

    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    Redirect 301 /blog/ http://michaelmusgrove.com/
    </IfModule>

    Sheesh, I’m dumb. I don’t see anything like that anywhere. I only have 5 pages on my site and have looked at the code for each and see nothing that resembles:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>

    # END WordPress

    The index.php (which I thought was my root folder) looks like this:

    [Large code excerpt removed by moderator per forum rules. Please use the pastebin for all large code excerpts. It works better anyway.]

    But I’m thinking neither of these is what I’m looking for and don’t know where else to realistically look. I obviously know nothing about this. I don’t know how to access the http://www.michaelmusgrove.com/blog page anymore (The parent directory just takes me to http://www.michaelmusgrove.com, where it isn’t listed as a page any longer.

    I searched for .htaccess within the source code and nothing appeared. I looked online for answers out of embarassment but also found nothing of help to my specific dilemma, but nada. It is getting late/early where I am so maybe I missed it but I don’t think so.

    I’m sorry to be so obtuse, but can you be any more specific?

    Thanks a million,
    Michael

    Sorry, I should have been more explicit. It’s on your server’s root folder, public_html. It’s definitely there since you’re using pretty permalinks.

    No worries at all; I suppose I didn’t explain how ignorant and tired I am, because I cannot figure out how to even access the public_html folder on my server.

    By the way, everything else is up and running–Thanks!!

    I’m going to have to go to bed now and try again in a few hours.
    Thank you for your help Joseph!

    You can access it through File Manager in cPanel on your webhost.

    Edit: If you can’t find it then don’t worry about it. It’s only one page so it’s pretty trivil. Just let Google sort it out by itself.

    Joseph-

    Thank you SO much for your help with this. You (patiently) solved my most stressful problems and taught me some valuable things as well, which is why I set this website up in the first place(to learn).

    Thanks again!

    Michael

    You’re welcome. Happy to help.

    BTW, can you please put this as resolved? From the little sidebar to the right at the top of the page.

    I respond to quite a lot of questions and it helps me organise.

    Thanks.

    Joseph,
    I would like to ask you how to get my website back. I added meta info to my site I believe in the header section. This was to verify through google I owned the wordpress blog. I thought (what comes next is my problem) I did it correct but now I try to type in the URL to my site http://www.tampabayappraisers.com and nothing comes up. Can you help please!?

    Best regards,

    Jonathan

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