Hello, Goodbye: Offsite Redirect Upgrade
“You say goodbye, I say hello.” – The Beatles
Needless to say, we hope you never want to leave WordPress.com. But, should the day arrive that you decide to strike out on your own and set up a self-hosted WordPress blog with the free, open source WordPress software available at WordPress.org, we’ve got you covered with our new Offsite Redirect upgrade.
Imagine you’ve decided to make the move, have exported your content from your wordpress.com blog and imported it into your new self-hosted WordPress site. Purchasing the Offsite Redirect upgrade will take the traffic coming to your old wordpress.com blog and forward it to your new domain so that links to your old content won’t break and you won’t take an SEO hit as a result of your move. Oh, and unlike the old domain mapping/DNS workaround, the signup process is easy as pie. Mmm, pie.
Think of the Offsite Redirect as the flip side of domain mapping, because that’s basically what it is. We use a 301 redirect to forward your traffic and “map” your wordpress.com URLs to the new domain you specify. After purchasing the upgrade, you can manage your redirect by going to Upgrades > Domains. You can change the destination URL or suspend the forwarding whenever you wish.
For more details and configuration help, visit the Offsite Redirect support document.