Overall, I think the transition from the old blogspot domain to the new site here at bicycledesign.net is going pretty well. There is still a lot for me to do, but everything at the new URL seems to be working as it should. The feeds are all going through Feedburner now, so hopefully the content is not showing up as “untitled” in anyone’s reader anymore.
One big issue that I need to fix involves the redirect from the individual posts on the old blogspot domain. After trying a few different ways to redirect traffic, I set up this redirection plugin with the corresponding code in my Blogger template. Now, if you try to access an old post using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, you will be automatically redirected to the corresponding post here at the new URL. It works just as it is supposed to…unless you happen to try it with Internet Explorer. For some reason, IE doesn’t recognize the post to post redirect and just dumps you at the root level domain. As much as I would love to just ignore IE, quite a few people do use it, so it is something I need to address. If anyone has any ideas for a fix, I am open to suggestions. For now though, it seems that any other browser is a workaround to access the old links.
I am in the process of updating the internal links that direct to older posts in the blog. The permalink structure has changed slightly from Blogger (I didn’t want the .html that Blogger placed at the end), so I am changing those links manually. It will take some time, so bear with me. If you are using any browser other that IE though, it shouldn’t matter whether the links you click are new or old.
If any of you are thinking about moving a blog, I would suggest reading this post by Robb Sutton (who you may know from Bike198) first. Robb’s outline takes you through the process step by step. Unfortunately, I didn’t read it until after I announced my move, so I am doing the steps a bit out of order. Oh well…that is how I tend to do things anyway. Why plan it all out when you can just jump right in and work through the issues as they come? I’ll get there soon…thanks to everyone who has been letting me know what is working and what is not.