Migrating URLs is Hard, Yo.

Posted on 09/15/2014 in Discussion / 20 Comments

I got the itch to ditch The Bawdy Book Blog name a long time ago.  Perhaps some of you remember my attempt to switch to nerdhuffing.com last year, which I guess technically went well until I discovered lots of people couldn’t reach us due to “huffing” in the URL.  Thanks, you glue sniffers!  So I migrated back and decided to sit on it for awhile and think about what we should become. I sat on it for about a year. Everyone shut the fuck up, I'm trying to think   Eventually I decided I needed to give it another go, because Bawdy was just…terrible.  We needed a good name that encompassed reading and shenanigans but didn’t refer to any particular genre, since we all have different favorites.  I gave up trying to come up with something unique, and turned to a name generator online.  I apologize, because if I could remember which one it was, I’d post it, but I didn’t bookmark it so it’s lost to the internet universe. It took me and that damn generator hours to come up with a suitable name.  After landing on BookShelfery, I decided it was cute and playful, so I socialized it with Jessica, Kristina, and Amanda.  They all said yes (Amanda took a little persuading, but caved when I delivered the tag line!) and that night I purchased the domain.  Guys, that was in JUNE.  Nearly three months ago. Since I was planning my wedding at the same time, I knew I didn’t have the time to dedicate to migrating.  So the domain sat.  And sat.  And sat some more After returning from Mexico, it was the first thing I was itching to do!  Except…migrating is hard, y’all.  Very hard.  When a blog has several years of content and media, it’s BIG.  Every method I tried failed.  I was ready to crawl into my closet and bury myself under my clothes because nothing I was doing was working (even after consulting message boards and various Facebook groups), so Jessica’s husband stepped in and worked some miracles!  Her hubs spent a whole week moving the content over, because it was also failing on him as well and he had to restart several times. The bonus is that he migrated us, including our sign-ons, plugins, etc, so it was an exact duplicate of The Bawdy Book Blog!  All I had to do was go in and make design changes. It didn’t end there, however.  I still needed to make changes to the name in the settings, clean up my plugins, re-vamp some widgets.  I was running into weird problems, like the Yoast SEO plugin was duplicating the page name in the browser header, my menu links pointed to the old URL, and probably a few other issues I’ve already blocked from my memory. So currently, we are rocking the Tweak Me theme by Creative Whim, which is still my favorite theme.  So now we just need to think of what we want in a design…  if you have any designer suggestions, please let us know in the comments! Meme-guy-staring-at-computer-screen-thinking  

What do you think about our new name?  And have you ever thought about switching domain names?

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Jennifer is a bona fide book nerd. She thinks "bookworm" sounds gross and secretly gains pleasure at the pained looks her husband often shoots at her personal library. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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20 responses to “Migrating URLs is Hard, Yo.

  1. Congrats on getting everything all set up! Just curious: what methods did you use for migrating? It shouldn’t have been that hard. 🙁

    • Hey Ashley! I agree, it shouldn’t have been that hard at all. I first tried the built-in tool for migrating, and it sort of worked, except NONE of my images were linked to the posts. So I wiped it and tried starting over, and the next two or three times, the transfer failed. So I tried doing it via FTP and that didn’t work either. Jessica’s husband did something to make it work but it also took him about a week. I have no idea how he did it, though.

      • By the built in migration method, do you mean exporting your content then re-importing? Not that it matters now, I guess, but the best way to do it is to copy all your FTP files to your new site, then copy the database over to the new site as well. Images, themes, and plugins are on FTP; posts, comments, pages, settings are in your database.

        • Yeah, exporting and importing. I tried copying everything from my FTP, but my FTP would disconnect even if I changed the settings to keep it from doing so. It also seems like some images are still disconnected, but I’m not sure what I can really do about that so I’ve left it for now.

  2. I never switched from blog name, but I did switch from blogger to wordpress earlier this year. While it wasn’t as difficult as your migration, I did run into some issues, but at the end it was easier then I thought. My blog was only a little more then a year old then, so it’s wasn’t too big to switch. I do like your new blog name! It sounds fun and it’s obvious it’s about books. I am currently using the Tweak Me theme as well, I love it!

  3. Jen

    I’ve actually wanted to change my blog name for a long time. I just haven’t done it yet. I’m not sure why, I think I just haven’t thought of name that really strikes me yet. I like your new name.

    • Thanks, Jen! I totally support switching, and obviously the sooner the better, because it’s less content to move. Of course, you definitely need a name that speaks to you first.

  4. I love the new name! As for me changing blog names, that would be a “it’s crossed my mind once or twice, but it’s too much work” kinda thing. 😉 Moving from Blogger to WordPress was stressful enough, but Ashley did all the work (and a fantastic job!).

  5. I’m planning to switch from Blogger to WordPress, and I’ve already decided to have Ashley do the migration for me. I can learn technical stuff, but not quickly enough to ‘port the blog without a looooong downtime, so it just makes sense to have an expert do it for me. I’m not planning to change the blog name (I really love it!), but the URL will obviously change. Can I ask – what did you do about Bloglovin and any other sites like that?

    • First off, congrats on making the switch! You will love WP once you get used to it and all the things it can do! Bloglovin’ is really easy. Claim your new blog, and then email them (there is actually a topic in the Contact Us section of Bloglovin specifically for this), asking them to move your followers from oldblog.com to newblog.com and they will take care of it for you, usually within a day. They are super-quick! With other sites, it really depends on the site. Feedburner is easy, you can just modify the feed name, as far as I know. What other sites are you using?
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