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How to 301 Redirect WordPress Posts To New Domain

301 Redirect is considered as a permanent redirect compared to a 302 redirect which is temporary. Therefore when moving wordpress to a new domain, it is a good idea to redirect all the posts to the new domain.

This way all the search engine records will be kept intact and this means you won’t lose any traffics / hits to the website.

This doesn’t mean redirecting from fnode.com to nish.com, it will also redirect every single URL associated with fnode.com to nish.com.

For instance, if a user is looking for a particular post and goes to fnode.com, they will be redirected to the corresponding post on nish.com

Here is an example of one of the most popular post on the site…

http://www.fnode.com/2007/06/02/make-bisoncam-work-on-windows-vista/

When users clicks on the above link, they will be automatically redirect to

http://www.nish.com/2007/06/02/make-bisoncam-work-on-windows-vista/

This way, the user won’t notice the domain change because it is 99% directed via search engine or linked URL.

This method is also a good way to let GoogleBot to know that the domain has been moved permanently from fnode.com to nish.com

Here is the code below and I used which goes into the .htaccess file. All you got to do is to replace the URL to make it work with your own domain.


# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.fnode.com
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.nish.com/$1 [R=301,L]
# END WordPress

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  • Where do I put the code exactly?

    I'm moving http://blog.photographythoughts.com
    to
    http://photographythoughts.wordpress.com

    The permalinks structure is kept intact. At this moment I've made a change to the singe post file as follows:

    But this only forwards to the main page.

  • Sorry the code didn't came along with the previous comment:

    " "

    Hope this works.

  • John

    Nish,

    What if I want to 301 posts from one wordpress domain to another domain with a different permalink structure?

  • @John

    You need to do that on .htaccess file… You will only get access to that file if you host your own blog.

  • Thanks a lot, this piece of code was a life savior. I've spent the last two days trying to accomplish this redirect with no success at all. Now it works like a charm.

  • Glad to hear it!

  • Thanks buddy, that helped me make a smooth domain transition!

  • First of all congratulation for such a great site. I learned a lot reading here today. I will make sure i visit this site more often so I can learn more.

  • this is what I'm looking for. 🙂 I tried it and it works in a snap 🙂 Thank you so much ^_^

  • Adrain

    i am trying to redirect my site on wordpress.com e.g XXXX.wordpress.com to my self hosted blog. now there is no way i can alter wordpress.com blog. Please help me

    • You can't do it, you need to have access / .htaccess…

  • Anand Srinivasan

    Hi Nish

    Amazing post..Thanks a lot..Where do I post these 5 lines of code?

    Also, will this help in retaining all the in-links that I have built for my older site?

  • Anand, You should be able to retain everything and it will be a seemless transformation for the users… All info goes into the .htaccess file.

  • Cheers – this is the best solution ever.

  • Thank you so much, you just made my day!

  • I have a self-hosted wordpress site that I am trying to do a redirect for all comments. Essentially, I have the WP site with a 301 redirect for all posts to go to a different site – blog needed a different header than the rest of the site. The posts and top level blog page seem to redirect just fine, however, the comments revert to the original site and not the redirect. Only top level menu redirects. Individual post titles and comments do not redirect. Any ideas?

  • Nish,
    Your post has me *almost* redirecting URL’s. Here’s my current state:

    Old blog: austinthea.wordpress.com
    New Blog: theawood.com (a WP themed site but Register.com hosted)

    My old posts have already been copied to the new site. Now I just need to do redirects from the old blog to the new blog postings.

    I found my htaccess folder in the register.com directory, where it has the default text. I tried two approaches: 1. replacing the default text with your code, and 2. adding it to the existing default code. In both cases, my old posts did *not* redirect to my new ones.

    Suggestions?

    • Thea,

      I can see one of the blog is hosted at WordPress.com. For this to work, you need to have access to .htaccess in both servers. Do you have that access? If not, it is not possible.

  • What is the navigational path to find the .htaccess file on WordPress if I’m logged into my WordPress account? I’m the blog owner.

    • Thea, you will not have access to .htaccess on WordPress.com. AFAIK is it not possible on WordPress.com. My method only works, if you host you both blogs by yourself.

  • Thank You It works perfectly, now I migrate to my new domain without lose visitors…

  • Santosh

    Thanks, Very Useful 🙂

  • Gozanli

    hello, clear post but i have problem; I want to redirect my example.com/article/my_post_name to example2.com/my_post_name. What should i do?

    • The following should work, and I have just tested it on my website…

      # BEGIN WordPress
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com/article
      RewriteRule (.*) http://www.example2.com/$1 [R=301,L]
      # END WordPress

  • thangarajus

    Hi Nish, i tried your tutorial but my problem is only redirecting my homepage and wp-admin page of old domain to new domain but other internal pages are not redirect to new domain. All my permalink and other setting are same as old domain. pls suggest me solution. 

    need to redirect to new permalink site (ex. oldsite/2009/10/12/postname to newsite/catname/postname) is there any plugin for wordpress.

  • SOLVED!!!! I’ve try about 12 other harder tutorials but no result!! Only redirect the homepage, but this is the FINAL SOLUTION!!! THANKS

  • Miri Shehu

    hello and thanks for the info.
    I’m using a wordpress site with costum post types and i want to redirect to new domain that doesn’t use costym post types.
    i mean: http://www.domain1.com/articles/some-post to go to http://www.domain2.com/some-post

    • Miri, It is only possible from Hosted Site to Hosted Site and not possible from WordPress.com because, you will need access to .htaccess file which WordPress.com do not provide.

  • mortenmunchow

    i did this for my http://www.on-coffee.com to http://www.coffee-mind.com but it does not work for on-coffee.com (without the ‘www’ in front). How could I also have the ‘non-WWW’-version redirected?

  • Cilene Bonfim

    How to
    Redirect just some posts? Thanks

  • Aditya Vikram

    Here What’s My Problem Is , I Had Used Your code In .htaccess File But When I Open My Old site Apptrickstall.com .com Then It Redirects To My New Website Error 404 Page Content No Found , What To do

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