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There was a time when I was interested in hosting websites myself. I bought a cPanel hosting package from Godaddy. You would get a free domain with it, so I choose baswijdenes.com.
Because I also wanted to know more about Content Management Systems, in short CMS. And in specifically WordPress, I created a subdomain baswijdenes.com/portfolio/ to test it out.
This is how the blogging started.
With this process I made a number of mistakes that I never liked.
- Everyone is automatically redirected to www.baswijdenes.com/portfolio.
- I didn’t immediately start with an SSL certificate, which means that https:// in the admin portal did not work correctly. I had to use a plugin to fix this. I don’t like using plugins when I can do it myself.
- /Portfolio says nothing about the content I blog. It sounds more like some Photographing career website.
- Eventually even “tutorial” in the title started to bother me because I only made System Administration blog posts, so I wanted to shorten this to IT.
This has always bothered me a little, but I have never taken steps to change this.
Until now! I have been looking for the right domain name for my new blog for awhile now.
I wanted to find something that fit the name better, so first I bought BWTB.co. This sounds perfect, right?
Not quite. I didn’t like the .co. This is a Colombian domain extension and even though it is said that SEO wise this doesn’t matter, I didn’t go for it.
Finally I came across .blog. This would perfectly match my name, and how funny is it that the makers of WordPress manage this TL domain extension?
I thought of BWIT.blog:
- BW stands for my initials.
- IT makes it abit more specific
- The full domain name will be Bas Wijdenes IT Blog.
I purchased the domain last week and I have completed the migration this weekend.
https://BWIT.blog is now live!
What will happen with your content on baswijdenes.com?
I’ve migrated all the content from baswijdenes.com over to bwit.blog.
I left the URLs the same, which makes a 301 permanent redirect from baswijdenes.com to BWIT.blog easy.
All you have to do is make an adjustment in the .htaccess in the main folder (/portfolio/).
These re-directs will stay until ‘the end of time’. You don’t know which websites commented your URLs and therefore I can’t remove the old websites.
What about your SEO?
Everything is permanently redirected to the new URLs. This is automatically seen by search engines as ‘the content has been moved to a new domain’.
There will be a temporary drop in viewers, but as soon as Google picks up BWIT.blog as the main domain for the content, I quickly return to the original number of viewers.
Here are some quick stats from my website.
My blog is live since February 2015.
- Users: 529,733
- New Users: 529,725
- Sessions: 605,002
- Page views: 719,164
- Unique page views: 632,739
- Average time on page: 00:05:41
- Top country: En-US 313,787
- Total blog posts: 155
- Microsoft blog posts: 134