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Recently, I performed a domain migration from a domain to a self-hosted solution. The primary complaint was the loss of followers gained through Wordpress ( )

I don't see any plugins that Automattic has released to allow similar functionality to "Subscribe" and "Like" content on self-hosted blogs, so it's feeling more and more like a closed garden.

What can I do to make sure this audience is preserved after the migration?

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Self-hosted blogs use RSS for subscriptions.

As far as "liking" goes, that only makes sense within the quasi-social-network environment of

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You cam use which is by Automattic and has the desired Subscribe/follow functionallty.

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Thanks, but installing Jetback (and purchasing the domain redirect from doesn't seem to pull in the subscribers at the original URL. –  martindale Feb 20 '12 at 19:40

According to Tim Moore, Code Wrangler at Automattic (the company behind WordPress):

For users who migrate their blog to with Jetpack installed, we have tools to assist you. Please contact Support (support at with your address and your new Jetpack-enabled address. Note that this is a permanent transfer.

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Took me a while, but I think you're referring to people who subscribed to receive an email when a new post is added to your RSS feed. (If you're talking about subscribing to the RSS feed with a feed reader, then as long as the new site creates posts in the same format as the old one (http://domain name/year/month/date/post) I would think there should be no issue that when a URL is resolved it points to the new page.)

If email is the problem, I found this tip: (I Googled "export email subscribers"). If it's not ... well, then not sure I understand what specifically is not happening. There are lost of plugins out there for connecting up with social networks. I use

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