If you’ve ever changed your website’s domain name from .com to .blog you might want to read this.
Do you recall when WordPress introduced a new .blog TLD to customize your website name and identify it as blog? Previously, the only TLDs (Top Level Domains) were com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov, .mil. Most of us with personalized names used the .com option. Some of us, chose to switch to .blog and take up WordPress’ offer to migrate our existing site.
I just uncovered a major hack where scammers (scum of the internet) bought my old .com domain and attached it to an unsavory website. Fool for them, my domain name TheSandyChronicles.com was not well known and they couldn’t have gotten a lot of clicks for the money.
However, I did have old posts with links and pingbacks to the old name. Today I was searching my archives and I found one of those pingbacks and clicked through. What a surprise!
Kudo’s to WordPress Support for quickly identifying the problem. Working together we figured a quick(-ish) way to fix it.
If you have ever changed your domain name from .com to .blog I suggest that you check if your old .com name has been repurposed. If it has (and even if it hasn’t yet) you might want to take the following steps to update your links.
I recommend using the older WPAdmin interface as it is quicker, particularly for bulk editing comments.
To correct links in your POSTs and PAGEs
- Go to Post -> All Posts.
- Use the Search box to find all posts with your old domain name. (in my case: TheSandyChronicles.com)
- Edit the post, check the links and correct to the new name (in my case: TheSandyChronicles.blog)
- Repeat with Pages -> All Pages
To correct pingbacks & links in COMMENTS
- Go to Comments
- Use the Search box to find all comments with your old domain name.
- Edit the Comment by updating the link to the new name
I hope this Alert was helpful. I had a panic attack when I first discovered the issue. Thankfully it’s relatively harmless and simple to fix.
It’s all perfectly legal by the way. Any surrendered domain name can be purchased and re-purposed at will. It’s up to you to transfer all the links. It’s too bad that when WordPress migrated my old website to the new domain name, they didn’t think to migrate the links as well.
Ah well. It’s snowing outside with another 15cm expected. Fixing bad links is a good way to while away a winter storm.