Need guidance on moving blog from WordPress.com

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wejens
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2013-10-11 4:57 pm EST

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We have a WordPress.com blog at http://blog.pagepath.com and separate website at http://pagepath.com. We're trying to combine the two under a new WP site ultimately under http://pagepath.com, with blog entires under http://pagepath.com/blog.

However, we don't want old http://blog.pagepath.com links to break. What's the best approach to getting our new WP site to respond to http://pagepath.com, http://blog.pagepath.com and http://www.pagepath.com?

Thanks,
William

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Arn
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2013-10-11 5:26 pm EST
Hello Wejens,

Thanks for the question. At some point in time, you will need to delete the WordPress.com site or change the DNS entries and then have the pagepath.com/blog or blog.pagepath.com resolve at InMotion. The way that that any internet browser knows which place to go for the website files is by the DNS settings (these settings include the address of the website). Currently, anything referencing blog.pagepath.com will go to the Wordpress.com site. If you're using "pagepath.com" and you have changed the name servers to InMotion, then your domain on WordPress.com will try resolve at InMotion and NOT at WordPress.com. So, do NOT make that change until you are ready.

You will first need to migrate the website over. Check out How to Migrate a WordPress.com site to InMotion Hosting for more information. I highly recommend that you become familiar with using what's called a hosts file change. This allows you to install the WordPress site using the domain name you eventually want to use. This would need to be done BEFORE you install WordPress. The hosts file change will only affect the computer you are working with. It allows you to test the installation before you go live on the internet using the actual domain name. If you're on a Mac, the instructions for a host file modification are here.

Once the migration is complete, and you have tested the site, you will need to change the name servers over to the InMotion Hosting name servers. If your domain is not managed by us, then you will need consult with your domain registrar's support team/knowledge base in order to find the information needed to change their settings.

Do not delete or remove the WordPress.com website (or change the DNS) until you're sure that it's ready through your testing the site using the hosts file modification.

If you have any further questions or need further assistance, please let us know.

Regards,
Arnel C.

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OK, but what do I need to do to my new WP site so it responds to all three domains. I understand DNS will need to be updated to get all three to resolve to the same IP address, but doesn't something have to be done within WP or InMotion to make the new WP site recognize all three domain names as valid endpoints for my new WP site?

William
wejens
8 Points
2013-10-11 5:44 pm EST
Hello William,

You cannot have a domain name that responds to 2 or more different locations. A domain name on the internet was designed to respond to one location. What will happen is that when you CHANGE the address, the internet servers will update the address location, and then anyone that tries access your website will access the new location after DNS propagation completes.

I think you may be confused with the domain name DNS settings. If you are using a custom domain name at WordPress.com, then it won't be something like http;//wordpress.com/subdomain_name . It would be something more like http://yourdomainname.com/blog. This domain name will have been pointed to a name server. If you weren't using a specific domain name, then you don't need to worry about the DNS settings.

You will NOT be setting all three locations to the same IP. The internet servers will only recognize one address for a URL. You will need to do the following:

  1. Set up the domain on InMotion as an add-on domain or subdomain

  2. Modify your hosts file, so that when you type in a URL - you will need to pick something like www.pagepath.com/blog. This way, when you type the URL in your browser, for testing purposes it will resolve to InMotion's server. This will allow you to migrate the files and setup your Wordpress.org site and then see it as though it were live and available to everyone using the "www" url (it should match your eventual URL for the website).

  3. Migrate your WordPress.com site to InMotion

  4. Set up and test your WordPress site on Inmotion

  5. Change DNS when the site is ready to go live. DNS changes require up to 24 hours for the change to complete.

  6. Remove Host file changes and you're done



Again, I do understand that migration is a confusing process. The thing you need to remember is that whenever someone types in the website address in their internet browser, a server somewhere recognizes the request and sends that request to the ADDRESS of the webserver hosting your website. It's only one address. So currently, your site is resolving at WordPress.com. In order to MOVE it, you will need to be able to set it up and test it . This is done with the Host files change and migration process. When you're done moving it and setting it up on the InMotion server, then you change the address (the DNS) and then everyone on the internet will be directed to the InMotion server where you have moved the website.

I hope that helps to clear up any confusion. If you further questions on the issue, please let us know.

Regards,
Arnel C.
Arn
15,484 Points
Staff
2013-10-11 6:20 pm EST
Hello William,

I meant to mention in step 2, that you would be pointing to the IP address of your InMotion Hosting account. You will need to make sure that the URL you specify matches what you set on your hosting account. For example, if you setup http://pagepath.com/blog, then your host file should be that exact same URL, but it will be assigned to the IP address of the server of InMotion Hosting.

Apologies for leaving that out. Please let us know if you require further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.
Arn
15,484 Points
Staff
2013-10-11 6:32 pm EST
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eddie.mayan
2013-10-14 5:43 am EST
Complete Guidance available on Wordpress with easy structure and stills.
http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/

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