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Migrate to Self Hosted – The Live Version

46 Comments Blogging of what I have learned to Migrate to Self Hosted

This is an impromptu LIVE post, even though I do normally post Saturdays, but this week I did my Sat post early (like on Thursday night) because I was just dying to tell y’all about my experience moving from hosted site self-hosted.

I have a new issue that I think is worth blogging about, because I need your support to help me figure this out. Plus I think since I have this question, this may be helpful to others facing the same issue as well.

My permalink settings are now set at this.  I didn’t choose it because I had heard that it is important to have your post titles as close to the site title as possible.  I think my hosting company did this when they imported the site to correct all the errors.


So for example, this post has url of:

But I want it to have:

I want to change my links to have no date at all in them.  How do I do this without breaking the links to other sites?

I’ve been tweeting with some blog friends about this and they are giving me some tips!  Thanks @debtfreeoneday (Hayley) @Ugifter (Anne) @MoreThanJusMony (Kassandra) @indebtedmom (Kirsten)@FinDiffraction (Alicia) sent me this link which I’m researching because she said there is a plug-in for redirecting (Thanks!):

I am researching this now.  This is going to be a live post, where I make updates as I go about troubleshooting this problem.  When I am completely done, I will write POST COMPLETE or some obvious thing at the bottom.

I really appreciate my blogger friends who kindly offer suggestions and support on this.  If you have done this before or know someone who has, can you kindly point them in my direction?

I’ve also reached out to Justin @ BigScoots to see what they recommend.

@bigcajunman (Alan) sent me this which I’m just researching as well.  Thank you!

@indebtedmom (Kirsten) sent me this Thanks!  [Note:  This actually is similar to what Yoast says below but the code is a little different and I don’t know why.  Here is the code he says but this article is from 2008. ]

RedirectMatch permanent ^/[0-9]{4}/[0-9]{2}/[0-9]{2}/([a-z0-9\-/]+)$1

@femmefrugality suggested another blogger who might be able to give advice @modestmoney (Jeremy)

UPDATE:  2:04 p.m. EST July 5

OK I found this and although it is over 2 years old it seemed like the best way to go.  How to Change WordPress Permalinks, brought to you by Yoast.

According to the code generator linked in the above post, it says I should do the following:

Create Redirects

Use this tool to generate redirects from your old permalink structure to the /%postname%/ permalink structure.

Your Redirects

Add the following redirect to the the top of your .htaccess file:

RedirectMatch 301 ^/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{2})/([0-9]{2})/(.*)$$4

So first I had to find the .htaccess file.  I found it in my cPanel > File Directory under public_html but I needed to “SHOW HIDDEN FILES”.

Note:  Some hosts may not let you modify the file so you may have to request them to do it.  I was able to modify but what I wasn’t clear about was where to put the code.  True enough, @YOAST said to put it directly at the top but since I didn’t really understand it, it didn’t seem logical.  Comments were closed on that post above, so while I was still googling and Youtubeing for my answer, I sent a Tweet to @YOAST (Joost de Valk).  Here’s what the code generator looks like from Yoast, BTW:

YOAST-permalink-code-generatorDidn’t hear back from him yet ;-) ha ha but in the meantime @SenseofCents (Michelle) responded to my tweet for help and she linked in @nutsandbolts (Andrea).  Andrea confirmed that was the best way to go (not use plug-in) that I do literally put that one line of code at the top of the .htaccess file AND that I should change my Settings>Permalinks setting to the desired setting first.  Here’s what the .htaccess file looked like after my update.  (Don’t forget to “Save Changes”!)


I did it and it all worked perfectly and was so overjoyed I tweeted:

Let me know if you see any issues with broken links. I’m not taking my construction guy down yet because I want to update you on Gotcha #8 from my last post so here is a placeholder for it.

Thanks again to Alicia, Anne, Hayley, Kassandra, Kirsten, Alan, FF, Michelle and Andrea!  You guys ROCK!

Gotcha#8 UPDATE – how to switch my Jetpack to my old account and then get my previous subscribers over here.  OPEN

Here are the open tickets I have on this point:

I have one with Jetpack also but they do not have a forum, so it’s just through email that I get a response.  I raised the ticket here.

OK, I got a little impatient and disconnected my Jetpack and reconnected.  It now seems to have brought my stats together but on two different views.  Is this normal?  Anyone?

So continuing with my impatience, I managed to get my Jetpack connected okay with my old blog, but when I hit the migrate button on wordpress, nothing happens.  I do not get the confirmation pop-up as shown in this write-up.

UPDATE:  1:39 p.m. EST July 7

Subscribers were migrated over manually as of 11:50 a.m. EST today, thanks to Rachel at  Waving  “Hi, guys!  Did ya miss me?” ;-)

I’m taking the construction guys sign down now.   Whew, that feels good.  This LIVE blog post has now ENDED!

New Item – MALWARE

Hey, this is relevant to this post.  Eric from No Nonsense Landlord had commented and I hadn’t had time to visit him lately, with all that was going on over here so I went to his site and he had a shout out to me.   Not only that but he alerted to a problem he had when his blog was only a month old.  So I went to check out his post on malware and have installed Wordfence and it is scanning now.   Oh good.  No problems found.  Thanks, Eric!

On this topic, I was looking at my stats this morning and I saw the following referrer:…..

I clicked on it.  (Maybe I shouldn’t have) finding nothing I went about googling it to try to find out more.  Didn’t find anything I could readily understand so need to research some more.

Does anyone know what that is?  Sometimes I just feel so technically inept with this stuff.  Get one thing addressed and another pops up!

I think I saw cdn.viglink on another blog .  I need to investigate but I think it has something to do with advertising management, so hopefully not malware related.  :-)


Author: debster

I am a fifty-something wife, mother and new grandmother, who admits to having their “head in the sand” about their financial situation until amassing $247,500 worth of consumer debt for a total debt of $393,500. We've paid $121K in 2 years with four more years to go. Join my journey at sharing ideas and motivation to all those coping with poor money management and bad debt decisions.

46 thoughts on “Migrate to Self Hosted – The Live Version

  1. Ah! I did not accurately understand the problem via twitter. I still don’t have a solution but will dig around for you, too!

    Live blogging… Love the concept!!
    Kirsten @ Indebtedmom recently posted…Success Story SaturdayMy Profile

    • ha! I wish I could live blog faster, Kirsten! Thanks again for your help. I learned a lot and it really is sweet having awesome bloggers like you willing to lend a hand! Rock your weekend!

  2. Kudos to you for doing it all on your own here. You might want to ask Grayson from Debt RoundUp he’s pretty smart with blog maintenance and has is own side business to help other bloggers. I’m sure he could offer you some tips :)
    canadianbudgetbinder recently posted…Would you forget you had money in a bank account? : The Saturday Weekend Review #79My Profile

  3. I find that with WordPress, there is a plugin for everything. just Google and someone will have the answer and has dedicated their life to solving your problem so that you do not have to.
    No Nonsense Landlord recently posted…Shout Out and Thanks to Fellow BloggersMy Profile

    • I definitely agree, Eric. The problem is that so many articles are old or they have so much information and are very technical, it can take some time to wade through it all for a homegirl like me. I’m still learning my way and want to share so that anyone else can benefit!

  4. I saw that info, too, so I kick myself for not sending it to you. But the link date was three years old and it seemed too simple!! Glad you found it despite me ;-)
    Kirsten @ Indebtedmom recently posted…Success Story SaturdayMy Profile

    • No worries, I felt much better when Andrea @ nutsandbolts confirmed it too. Modifying that file, though, I ain’t gonna lie… I was terrified of breaking something.

  5. Haha I’m happy to refer you to someone smarter than me about coding anytime! Glad you found some good help and hopefully that little construction man can come down soon. :)
    femmefrugality recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays: Forty-Fifth EditionMy Profile

    • Thanks, FF. Actually I finally got a response from and timethief has referred my issue to staff as she doesn’t know how to help me. I’m gonna post the link to the open ticket above.

  6. Glad it all worked out without too much hassle :) seriously, there seems to be a fix for everything with a simple google search.
    Alicia recently posted…Financial Update: June 2014.My Profile

  7. Very glad that Andrea was able to help you get it resolved! PF bloggers are a sweet bunch :) You and I share problem Gotcha #8 to a large extent. I haven’t heard back from Jetpack yet though but I will keep you posted.
    Kassandra recently posted…Are You and Your Bank In Love?My Profile

    • OK good. Check out my ticket I posted above in the post. Of course, you did things correctly and used your original account so not sure why it didn’t work for you.

  8. Andrea is awesome. She has been my go to person pretty much since I started blogging!
    Michelle at Making Sense of Cents recently posted…Happy 4th Of July!My Profile

  9. I second that about Andrea. This is why I never even touched a thing myself. I would have thrown my computer out a ten story window. She did the migration for me. Good luck with the rest of it!

    • Thanks, Tonya. I’m learning a lot, probably more than I cared to know. Now I’m venturing in the territory of Adsense which is quite confusing (to me anyways!). ;-)

  10. I hate that this was such a headache for you Deb, but I also REALLY appreciate your tenacity because I got a bunch of broken link notifications from you and didn’t want to have to fix them, so you saved me lots of time and now I also know who to turn to if I have problems down the road. :-)
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted…Weekly RoundupMy Profile

    • No problem, Shannon, I didn’t want you to have to fix them either! That would have been really awful it there was not a technical way to resolve this, so I’m very happy. When did the broken links show up BTW? Just curious :-)

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  12. Glad it’s going all well with you. Andrea is a great person! Kudos!

  13. Congratulations, Deb! I love using Welcome to the club! And good luck getting those kinks out :)
    Natalie @ Financegirl recently posted…What Does Your Money Blueprint Look Like?My Profile

    • It’s looking good now, Natalie. Still trying to sort out some Adsense stuff but I want to get back to writing. It’s enough already! LOL ;-)

  14. I’ve dealt with some of this blogging background stuff and in all honesty it’s not fun. Some people enjoy it, but I’m just happy when it’s over with and everything is solved haha. The main benefit is that you are now an expert in a lot of the little things that bloggers run into. I actually plan on bookmarking both this post and your last one and going through it in more detail just to learn. I would like to redirect my permalinks from the date format to a different format as well but it’s not high on my priority list. I wasn’t even sure if there was a good way to do it but looks like you figured it out! Kudos for getting all this figured out and posting it for all of us as a resource.
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted…How I Networked Into Almost Every Job I’ve Ever HadMy Profile

    • Oh wow, you’re welcome DC. If I can help you out let me know. First thing you need to figure out is if your hosting site allows you access to modify your .htaccess file. Also take a back up of it first as well. Holler, m’kay if you need help. :-D I hate struggling with stuff when I know someone can answer fairly quickly.

      I’m no expert but I’ve learned a few tricks. This is certainly my purpose for blogging about these experiences, in order to help others. Now if I can figure out how to get Google Adsense in my posts before the comments. ;-)

  15. Yay, I’m so glad that you got it all figured out! I’ve never had to do redirects before, myself. Like I said before, all of this junk calms down after the first few weeks of figuring it out. Then you get forget everything until something else happens, ha!
    Anne @ Money Propeller recently posted…I get Free Acupuncture. Can you too?My Profile

    • I’m looking forward to it calming down so I can get back to writing, right, Anne! ;-)
      Thanks for your support!

  16. Sounds like you’ve been learning a lot about the behind the scenes stuff. This is how I have learned by reading posts from other bloggers. It’s so frustrating sometimes but it does pay off in the end to figure this stuff out.

    Thanks for sharing all your findings.
    Raquel@Practical Cents recently posted…July Progress Report – 2nd Quarter ResultsMy Profile

    • Hey Raquel, there’s so much info on the web but finding the exact info you are looking for and in layman’s terms is sometimes the problem. Sometimes there is just too much information in things I find and all very technical, so it freaks me out a bit. I like step by step guides. If nothing else, these posts will serve as my user documentation to remind myself how I did something again! LOL

  17. Phew! I’m glad you were able to work through all that. Again, I have no doubt that this will be helpful for someone who needs to make this same transition in the future.
    Addison @ Cashville Skyline recently posted…Holding Myself Accountable: My Six Month Blogiversary!My Profile

    • Me too, Addison! Thanks for your kind words. If you hear of anyone who needs to know this, feel free to send ‘em my way. :-D

  18. I have made just about every blogging mistake, but thankfully, started with self hosting right from the start. Stuff like this drives me batty, but there are some great helpers out there in the community. Now that Grayson and I have partnered up, he takes care of all the technical stuff, and that makes my blogging life so much better. I hope it’s smooth sailing for you from here on out.
    Kim recently posted…Paying Off Debt Is EasyMy Profile

    • That’s great you have a partnership with someone, Kim. Sounds like a good way to go. I may be a bit of a control freak, wanting to know how things work myself but it is nice to be able to call on some folks when I get stuck. :-D

  19. Oh my goodness, girl: you are SO much braver than I when it comes to this techy stuff. Amazing!
    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer recently posted…June 2014 Debt Payoff RecapMy Profile

  20. I can really empathize with all the tech stuff you are going through. I’m no wiz and it’s frustrating researching and dealing with issues for such a long time. Guess it’s all part of the game though. Congrats on figuring it out and making the conversion.
    Brian @ Luke1428 recently posted…Happy Anniversary! Luke1428 Enters the Terrible TwosMy Profile

    • Thanks, Brian! Speaking of technical issues, I tweeted to about trying to leave a comment on your post which I had tried earlier. For some reason it was asking me to log in to a WP site. Did you change your commenting tool? I thought you used disqus or something before.

  21. Glad your problems got figured out! it’s a pretty great community :) I’ve never even heard of live blogging so you’re a million steps ahead of me!
    Catherine recently posted…Could You Live Without Your Smartphone?My Profile

    • Thanks, Catherine! It was my invention and it kind of worked out because I was getting input via twitter and also comments on the blog. You are right about the community support.

  22. Glad that you had it all figured out! I hate being dependent on plug-ins myself. I once moved one of my blogs from blogspot to wordpress but too lazy to redirect all my posts because my blog was only 2 months’ old haha. I’m not really sure about the last link, but I’m guessing it’s a bot… Probably nothing to worry about. I could be wrong though.
    Suburban Finance recently posted…5 Easy but Foolproof Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Quick SaleMy Profile

    • I’ve heard good and bad things about plugins. So far my experience has been good, but never say never.

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