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Having moved to my hosting my own WordPress blogsite I now need to ensure that readers find the new site rather than the old WordPress.com site. What is the best mechanism for doing this?

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Do the sites have the same domain name ? –  Wyck Mar 20 '11 at 15:55
    
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The easiest way to do this without losing your traffic is to use the WordPress.com Site Redirect. It keeps the yourblog.wordpress.com address active and points traffic to your new yourblog.com domain. You would be essentially paying the registration fee for your old domain at $12.00/year.

Periodically through this process you should be informing your readers to visit you at yourblog.com so that you can stop paying for the redirect after a year. Begin promoting the new address in your email signature, forum posts, etc. until people are used to the new address, then let the site redirect lapse.

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You can simply use a redirect 301 moved permanently.

This is typically done in your .htaccess.

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^([^.:]+\.)*oldwebsite\.com\.?(:[0-9]*)?$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ http://www.preferredwebsite.net/$1 [R=301,L]

There are several methods, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_redirection .

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Hello Wyck in principle yes. going from braincram.wordpress.com to www.braincram.co.uk Thanks Ray, I'll check that out. Yours MJR –  user4083 Mar 20 '11 at 16:26
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