I'm migrating a Typepad install to a Wordpress subdomain, and most of the links will be broken. The rewrites work so that:


is rewritten to


If a full link with article information is passed, it is rewritten as such;




I am looking for a way to feed the article title into Wordpress's search so even though the link is broken, it is easy for users with bookmarks find it.


You can try a plugin to do this:


Reads the page URL and tries to find a page/post that it might match and redirect to it.

Found out about this plugin from: http://www.aebeta.com/web-hosting/seo/7-seo-friendly-404-plugin-for-wordpress.html

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Why not do a one-to-one redirect? When migrating the data over, add a custom field like '_legacy_url' in the WXR or whatever mechanism you're using to track the old URLs. Then, check during the template_redirect action for a one-to-one match whenever WP throws a 404.

add_action('template_redirect', 'typepad_redirects', 0);
function typepad_redirects(){
        global $wpdb, $wp;
        $url = esc_attr($wp->request);
        $result = $wpdb->get_row("SELECT * FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key = '_legacy_url' AND meta_value LIKE '%$url%'");
        $redirect_url = get_permalink($result->post_id);
             wp_redirect($redirect_url, 301);
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  • I'm not exceptionally familiar with Wordpress, do you know where I could find additional information on this? – Alex Feb 3 '12 at 18:01
  • How are you migrating your content over? – Brian Fegter Feb 3 '12 at 19:30

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