Don't like the layout of the blog? Change the template! Don't like the colour of the background (the post area, the sidebar, ...)? Change the colour! Don't like the Title, don't like the URL, ...
Whoa. Slow down.
The URL, that is the Universal Resource Locator, is known all over the Internet. Or should be, if you're publicising the blog properly. That's your public name - don't be changing that on the spur of the moment.
To change the Name (the "xxxxxxx" in "xxxxxxx.BlogSpot.Com"), all that you have to do is go to the dashboard Settings - Basic page, and Edit the Blog Address.
If the new address is available, the blog will be republished on the spot, under that address. All of the comments, the posts, and the template (and all customisations and widgets) move transparently.
If the new name isn't available, you'll learn the sad news right there. If you're renaming the blog because you misspelled the name originally, chances are you won't get the precise spelling that you thought that you got. You may need to be flexible.
You won't learn anything from pinging the prospective new, Blog*Spot, address. You have to take a step into nothingness, and see if there's an invisible net waiting to catch you.
The name, which is part of the URL, must be unique, for all blogs published to BlogSpot. The title, on the other hand, is yours to change as you see fit. Go to Settings - Basic, and change "Title" and "Description" any time you wish.
To change to a non-Blog*Spot URL, the process will vary just a bit. The end result, if done correctly, will be the same.
In either case, kiss your old address goodbye. You're done.
Maybe not. Do you just write for yourself? How about the rest of the Blogosphere?
- Your readers. They are your family. If you move to a new house, do you not let your family know?
- Before the move, setup a Welcome post
This blog will move, on nn/nn, to a new URL xxxxxxx.com.
- After the move, setup a stub blog at the old URL (retaining any old content as desired), and change the Welcome post to
This blog has moved to http://xxxxxxx.com.Make that a click able link. A non click able link, as in
This blog has moved to a new URL, xxxxxxx.com.won't be as easy for your readers, nor for the search engines, to digest and use. And an automated redirect, as in "301 Redirect" or "302 Redirect", won't teach your readers anything, and not all search engines will accept it.
- After the move, if you retain any content at the old URL, setup a Welcome post at the new URL too
This blog has moved from http://xxxxxxx.blogspot.com.Make that, too, a click able link.
- Alternately, you could use variations of including one blog / web site within the other blog / web site, and dynamically move traffic from the old URL to the new.
- Before the move, setup a Welcome post
- Your Followers and subscribers are similar to your readers, but will deserve extra care, in this case.
- The search engines. They are like the government, or maybe the businesses that you correspond with. You'll have to let them know after the move, and you'll start over with them. There's no form to transfer search engine rank.
This blog has moved - the new URL is xxxxxxxx.com.Until they finish indexing the blog under its new address, they will serve cached content that try to take your readers to the old, and now, non existent, address.
If you can have your readers update their references, the search engines will pick up their changes, and your new URL will have some weight. Plus, a stub blog, at the old URL, will help, if only slightly. You won't start over from zero - though you will have some lean time.
- The spammers (sploggers). If the blog, at the current address, has any weight right now, and if you don't setup a stub blog after you move, you can bet that the sploggers will move in.
The bottom line? Changing the URL is a simple task, but do some basic planning before you start the change. Rename the blog - in seven steps.