Saturday, January 31, 2009

Swapping URLs Between Two Blogs

Sometimes, you have 2 blogs - and you decide that maybe the content of one blog would really be better under the URL of the other blog.

Content might include any or all of comments, posts, reader population, structure. That's not so important - if you swap properly.

Maybe you want to keep both blogs, so deleting one would be stupid. The good news is that swapping the two is not all that difficult (though if either blog is mature, you really should plan this change).

Just use the dashboard Publishing wizard, at Settings - Basic, and Edit the Blog Address, 3 times.
  1. Make sure that both blogs are owned by the same Blogger account.
  2. If you have a long blog list, load the dashboard for each blog - in two browsers or two tabs of one browser, simultaneously. Prevent having to load a long list of blogs, repeatedly - so you can do all 3 renames, promptly.
  3. Re publish Blog A to a temporary URL (we will call URL 3).
  4. Re publish Blog B to the former URL of Blog A (we will call URL 1).
  5. Re publish Blog A to the former URL of Blog B (we will call URL 2).
Keep the task simple - and do everything in the same 5 minute period of time, to prevent a URL hijack.

If a custom domain is involved, plan just a bit more detail (please do this).
  1. Make sure that both blogs are owned by the same Blogger account.
  2. Publish the blog with the custom domain URL (we will call it Blog A) back to BlogSpot, to URL 1.
  3. If there is a second blog currently published to a custom domain, publish it back to URL 2.
  4. Re publish Blog A to a temporary URL (we will call URL 3).
  5. Re publish Blog B to the former URL of Blog A (we will call URL 1).
  6. Re publish Blog A to the former URL of Blog B (we will call URL 2).
  7. If desired, re publish Blog A to custom domain URL 2.
  8. If desired, re publish Blog B to custom domain URL 1.


Do this systematically, and you won't be writing to Google Blogger Help
Help!

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suthanthira.co.cc said...

//Re publish //

what do you mean by that. i have problems understanding that. if earlier posts are there should i delete it.