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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rebranding Your Blog 101: The Technical Stuff

I am so excited y'all!!! My Etsy shop was a smashing success yesterday and I'm really excited about all the ideas I have brewing in my mind about where to take my little business venture in the near future. 

Anyway today I wanted to talk to you about rebranding your blog. As you know, I rebranded not that long ago. It was a huge and daunting step--partly because there's not really any tutorials about switching domains and all that other techy stuff. And all the how-to's I did find were written in such gibberish that I had no idea what I was doing anyway. Turns out I wasn't the only one who got lost in all the technical mumbo jumbo, Casey ran into the same problem when she rebranded her blog. Soooo that's what I'm going to talk to y'all about today. I promise it won't be nearly as difficult as it sounds! 

Rebranding 101

Alright so obviously you've already decided on your new blog name and purchased your brand spankin new blog domain. Yay you!!! But now what do you do???? 

First, you want to forward your old domain to your new domain. Using my blog as an example, that means if you enter armyeverafter.com into the search engine, you'll still end up at elizabeth-loves.com. The way you do this is pretty cut and dry. 

These are directions for GoDaddy but I believe the general idea will still be the same.
Rebranding your blog step by step

// Log into your Account Manager. Select and launch your original domain. In settings, there'll be an option for forwarding. Click on it and the box above will appear. Enter your new domain name into the Forward to box and set to a 301 or permanent forwarding. Set your forward settings to forward only. Click edit and it should save. 

Rebranding your blog 101

Alright now it comes down to the techy stuff and take a huge breath because this part can make you break a little bit of a sweat. Don't worry though--I said it wouldn't be that difficult and it's really not. 

// Again under your original domain, look up your DNS Zone File. There'll be a bunch of headings like A(host), AAAA, CName, MX--the only one you want to pay attention to right now is your A(host). Open a new A(host) record with the host as (@) and points to as 50.63.202.1. Save your new record. 
// Now delete all the other records in A(host) except for this new one you just made. I know, scary right?! Save your work. 
Rebranding your Blog 101

// Scroll down your DNS file to the CName records. Edit your www host to point to @. Save your changes. 

So what did we just do here? Well, pretty much we just made it so that when someone looks for your old blog domain they'll still end up on your new blog domain. If you do this right, you'll still be able to keep your site up and running and your site traffic up with minimal disruption. The changes you just made can take up to an hour to complete but it usually takes more like 10 or so minutes. 

See that wasn't so bad was it? Hopefully this makes the whole rebranding process a little easier for all of you who are thinking about it! Let me know what you think. 

ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO SEE AS A TUTORIAL HERE ON ELIZABETH LOVES? TELL ME! 



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rebranding Your Blog 101: The Technical Stuff

I am so excited y'all!!! My Etsy shop was a smashing success yesterday and I'm really excited about all the ideas I have brewing in my mind about where to take my little business venture in the near future. 

Anyway today I wanted to talk to you about rebranding your blog. As you know, I rebranded not that long ago. It was a huge and daunting step--partly because there's not really any tutorials about switching domains and all that other techy stuff. And all the how-to's I did find were written in such gibberish that I had no idea what I was doing anyway. Turns out I wasn't the only one who got lost in all the technical mumbo jumbo, Casey ran into the same problem when she rebranded her blog. Soooo that's what I'm going to talk to y'all about today. I promise it won't be nearly as difficult as it sounds! 

Rebranding 101

Alright so obviously you've already decided on your new blog name and purchased your brand spankin new blog domain. Yay you!!! But now what do you do???? 

First, you want to forward your old domain to your new domain. Using my blog as an example, that means if you enter armyeverafter.com into the search engine, you'll still end up at elizabeth-loves.com. The way you do this is pretty cut and dry. 

These are directions for GoDaddy but I believe the general idea will still be the same.
Rebranding your blog step by step

// Log into your Account Manager. Select and launch your original domain. In settings, there'll be an option for forwarding. Click on it and the box above will appear. Enter your new domain name into the Forward to box and set to a 301 or permanent forwarding. Set your forward settings to forward only. Click edit and it should save. 

Rebranding your blog 101

Alright now it comes down to the techy stuff and take a huge breath because this part can make you break a little bit of a sweat. Don't worry though--I said it wouldn't be that difficult and it's really not. 

// Again under your original domain, look up your DNS Zone File. There'll be a bunch of headings like A(host), AAAA, CName, MX--the only one you want to pay attention to right now is your A(host). Open a new A(host) record with the host as (@) and points to as 50.63.202.1. Save your new record. 
// Now delete all the other records in A(host) except for this new one you just made. I know, scary right?! Save your work. 
Rebranding your Blog 101

// Scroll down your DNS file to the CName records. Edit your www host to point to @. Save your changes. 

So what did we just do here? Well, pretty much we just made it so that when someone looks for your old blog domain they'll still end up on your new blog domain. If you do this right, you'll still be able to keep your site up and running and your site traffic up with minimal disruption. The changes you just made can take up to an hour to complete but it usually takes more like 10 or so minutes. 

See that wasn't so bad was it? Hopefully this makes the whole rebranding process a little easier for all of you who are thinking about it! Let me know what you think. 

ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO SEE AS A TUTORIAL HERE ON ELIZABETH LOVES? TELL ME! 



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Your comments warm my heart!! Leave one for me and I PROMISE to email you back (unless you're a no-reply blogger in which case please fix that)!!