After trying WordPress for our user group website I decided that it is a far superior blogging platform than Google’s Blogger. I’ve been meaning to move off of Blogger for a while now but was afraid of the potential hit to my Google results due to a change in URL formatting. Since coming over to Rackspace, I realized that I have access to create WordPress sites with through our cloud hosting so I decided to give it a try.
I was pleased to find that there are tools for importing all my old posts and comments from Blogger to WordPress as well as settings to reformat the WordPress URL’s to match Bloggers URL format. I was then hopeful that I could make the move fairly seamlessly so I flipped the lever on Saturday evening (weekends are pretty slow for SharePoint web traffic). The first thing I noticed was that clicking on my Google results from my phone was taking me to the correct URL but with ?m=1 appended to the end. This was making the results fail on mobile devices so I had to make some changes to the .htaccess file. Luckily it wasn’t too difficult to find a rewriting scheme to remove the m variables.
So long story short, I’m hoping the move is seamless for my web traffic. If you see any problems please use my new contact form to let me know!