Friday, August 30, 2013

Move Your Content To A New Domain

This post is part of a series called "How to (super simply) rebrand your entire online life. You can find all the rest of the posts in this super simple rebrand series at the bottom of this post!

So, you've thought about the name you want to use for your rebrand. You love it.. you are sure that this name is the one. Now you need to get a new domain and move all your blog content to that new domain without losing any of it. Y'all, this is the scariest part of the rebrand. But no worries.. I've got you covered. Stick with me. We'll all get through this together in 5 super simple steps.   If you are on blogger, this is super simple. I imagine if you're not on blogger, its not all that more difficult.. you do the exact same steps on your own host site

Whether you are rebrading from a previous custom domain (like I did) or rebranding from a domain (which you should 100%) the first step is the same: purchase that domain. Yes, right now. It probably only costs around $10 for the year. I need to stop right here already? and tell you that if you do not have a custom .com domain and only have a domain you're being silly you need to purchase your domain. Guys... it seriously only costs $10 per year. $10 is a small price to pay for legitimization- both in the blog world and when working with brands. Take the leap, don't be cheap and seriously y'all I am so cheap I am still wearing my sister's hand me downs. From two years ago. No, I'm not kidding. A simple google search for "Domain Registrar's" should turn up A TON of sites to purchase a domain from. Some popular sites are eNom, GoDaddy, and ix web hosting but feel free to look around. Second side note of the paragraph- make sure you continue to pay for your current domain for at least a year so your old links continue to forward.

To tell you the truth, this part totally freaked me out. I was super sad and nervous to let go of 5ohWifey. But y'all, it was for the best and I am so happy. I'm not sure how it works on wordpress but here are the steps for blogger. The best way to keep all of your content on your blog under the same URLs for link purposes you need to revert your custom domain back to a blogspot address. But Ashley, you just had a mini rant on why to never have a blogspot address Its just for a few minutes so we'll all be ok. **If you currently have a blogspot address you can skip this step

  1. Log in to blogger
  2. Select the blog you are rebranding
  3. Go to Settings > Basic
  4. Under "Publish" you should see your current custom domain with a little X next to it
  5. Click the X (Ah!)
You did it! Good for you. This rebrand is officially happening!
  1. Now click that Edit tab. 
  2. Click where it says "add custom domain". 
  3. Type in your previously purchased domain. 
  4. Click Save.
  5. Don't freak out
You got an error message but do not worry. You did not break your blog. This is part of the process. When you tried to save your new custom domain you probably got a message that said "We have not been able to verify your authority over your domain. Error 12" With a bunch of tech speak underneath that looks something like this.

Is that unnecessary pixelation? Probably.  But I wouldn't want everyone redirecting my blog. Is this possible? Who knows! Not necessary research for a super simple rebrand! Now you have to go make two CNAME  records on your new domain.

CNAME stands for Canonical Name. And since this is a super simple rebrand we aren't going to get into all the technical side of things. All you need to know is that you need to sign in to the page your purchased your new domain from and make a new CNAME record using the information you just got. Y'all this is not complicated. Google has super simple instructions on providing CNAMEs for various registrars. On HostMonster (which I don't use for this blog but I do use for The Influence Network) it looks like this:

It can't get much easier than that, now can it?

Now, let's try this thing again, shall we?
  1. Log back in to blogger
  2. Select the blog you are rebranding
  3. Go to Settings > Basic
  4. Under "Publish" you should see your current blogspot domain
  5. Click that Edit tab again. 
  6. Click where it says "add custom domain". 
  7. Type in your previously purchased domain. 
  8. Check the box that asks you to redirect your naked domain to www
  9. Click Save.
You did it! Now all your content should be on your new custom domain! That wasn't so bad, now was it? Stick around and next time we'll talk about how to redirect your old domain to your new domain for pinterest's sake.

Is there anything I missed? Feel free to leave advice and ask/answer questions in the comment section or on twitter with the hashtag #supersimplerebrand


  1. Soooo helpful, love this series! Bookmarking for later. :-)

  2. Are you able to redirect more than one website to your new domain? A .blogspot and .com?

  3. Ag, i totally want to do this and already totally feel nervous about it just thinking about it!