Okay, it’s more than three steps, but it is easy. This is for Blogger blogs only.
Updated 10/14/2001 to reflect Bloggers changes.
But first, why did I change my URL?
Searchablility, easier to find, less abstract
My old URL used “scribblessplashes.” It was for scribbles of ink and splashes of paint. I thought it was cute and clever but it’s not easy for people to remember. It now uses “anowdefunctname” which connects the blog directly to me.
Now, how I made the change:
Ahead of time
I posted in advance that the change was coming so followers and readers knew to look for it.
On the day
- I backed up my content and my template (always a good safety measure).
- To backup content go to Settings > Other > Export blog (image above) and then download your blog. All your content remains intact. This is just a backup feature.
- To back up your template go to Template > Edit HTML > Click Proceed > Copy and paste the text in the form field into a text editor, then close the html box.
- Now it’s time to rename your blog. Go to Settings > Publishing and type in what you want, do the word verification and save settings.
- Create a stub blog using your old URL. Go to the Dashboard > Create a Blog, input your old URL
- Turn off commenting on your stub blog, you don’t want any spammers!
- Add a post with an active URL to your new blog URL. (See mine here.)
- Add a post to your new blog stating that your blog has moved from your old URL.
- Now it’s time for the feeds. If you use FeedBurner, login and update to your new feed address. To find the feed URL view your new blog’s source code and search for the word feed. It will be up at the top and look something like this http://yourblogtitle.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
- Next, redirect your stubs feed. Go to Settings > Site Feed, enter the new feed URL and save settings.
- Now for all the little stuff:
- If you use the frequent comment widget, update it to your new blog URL.
- Update links from your website to your blog and any links on you blog to your blog. (For example my “Posts you shouldn’t miss” section was hand coded and needed to be updated.
- One last detail: Update your blogger profile. The new blog will already be there, just remove your stub.
Most of this information came from several articles at http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/. I’ve just combined them here and added a few of my own details. There are many good article there about how blogger works.
screenshot of blogger