WordPress.com Adds Offsite Redirect Option

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One of the main worries of moving from a hosted blogging service to a self hosted solution is the loss of traffic. Jane Wells announced a new option for WordPress.com bloggers today which ensures that people who are moving away from the WordPress.com hosted service do not suffer any traffic drops.

Offsite Redirect uses a 301 redirect to tell search engines where your new blog is located so that traffic is not lost. For example, by telling search engine spiders that all articles from yourblog.wordpress.com have moved to yourblog.com.

Hello, Goodbye: Offsite Redirect Upgrade

This is a simple addition to the WordPress.com service however it’s something which thousands of bloggers will be grateful of at one point in the future (i.e. when they upgrade to a self-hosted solution). However, I must admit I’m disappointed with WordPress charging users for a simple 301 redirect.

I appreciate that WordPress.com makes money from selling additional features and upgrades to bloggers like no ads, custom CSS and space upgrades. I wouldn’t have any problem with paying for services which bring me more functionality like more space and no ads though $12 a year for a simple 301 redirect seems a bit expensive to me.

The only alternative is to use a domain mapping redirect trick, but you would be silly to do this as mapping costs $12 a year too!! I guess that’s the price you pay for using a free service in the first place :)

Admittedly, if you have had a WordPress.com blog for a few years and are looking to upgrade and host yourself then $12 will prove to be a bargain as you won’t lose any traffic you have built up.

More information about this new feature can be found at the links below.


Links: Hello, Goodbye: Offsite Redirect Upgrade | Offsite Redirect

Comments (2)

  • Comment by Kevin Muldoon
    Kevin Muldoon

    This is my main problem with hosted blogging services. At the end of the day you have no control.

    If the company shuts down you lose your content, if they deem your content inappropriate you lose your content.

    And if you want to move away you need to pay them every year for the benefit of not losing your own traffic. It is a welcome addition. As I said in my post though, I just think it should be free, or at the very least a small set one off fee.

  • Comment by Harsh Agrawal
    Harsh Agrawal

    This is a good initiative by WordPress as they are not limiting users to their free blog and empowering them with flexibility to Self hosted WordPress.
    But at the same time they are also charging $15 for redirection and for the record this is going to be recurring every year,..until unless you wish to remove 301 perma redirection..
    Over all good initiative by WordPress team..