WordPress.com to self-hosted and loss of subdomain
I am hoping that the following is relatively straightforward – perhaps wishful thinking but who knows.
I went ahead and set up a blog on WordPress.com about a month ago. We have a good number of posts now and the format is blog.<mydomain>.com.
I have since decided that I want to host WordPress on my own server, which is on a Microsoft platform (WS 2008 R2, IIS 7.0, etc). I was originally not excited about this approach since have zero experience with PHP and MySQL (though plenty with ASP.Net and SQL Server). But the WebMatrix install looked interesting and, sure enough, I was up and running quickly on a second (development) server, at www2.<mydomain>.com.
I have also decided, for SEO-related reasons, to switch to the format http://www.<mydomain>.com\blog (instead of a subdomain). On my development server all posts are at the folder level (\blog\ etc).
My question is two fold….
Can I import posts of the format blog.<mydomain>.com\<rest of URL> to http://www.<mydomain>.com\blog\<rest of the URL>. I do need to import all my existing posts.
How would I redirect (301) requests from the subdomain to the folder version?
I am really eager to get this set up but the redirection of existing posts is important. I would appreciate any pointers.
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