[thelist] FW: Help with RSS - Changing Blog Platform

Jon Molesa rjmolesa at consoltec.net
Tue Jan 16 09:34:31 CST 2007

Since you're on WP I'm assuming you have php.

You could try a 301 redirect.  But a simpler solution may be symbolic
links from the old feed files to the new one, that might get complicated
depending on the WP version and weather or not the new feed is
mysite.com/feed/ or mysite.com/?feed=rss2 I've not tried symlinking
parameters before.  Still a 301 would be easy enough.  You could set in
your .htaccess to run .rdf and .xml through PHP.  Then in those files
include this bit-o-301 magic:

header('HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently');
header('Location: http://www.deconfuser.com');

Theoretically should work, because doesn't the server handle the

On the other hand if you're going to run .rdf and .xml through php, then
just include the bit of code from the new feed script to generate the
appropriate feed. 

* Gina Anderson <gina at sitediva.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am trying to change a blogging platform from Movable Type to Wordpress and
> I am having problems getting the feed readers to pick up the new entries on
> the new wordpress blog. What I want to do is seamlessly move current
> subscribers to the "old blog" to pick up the "new blog's" feed url, without
> having them change anything in their feed readers. In other words, I want
> all the feeders currently reading MT's RSS to read the new WP RSS instead,
> automagically. I did something in htaccess, but it doesn't seem to be
> working. First, if there is a better way to do this than what I have tried
> below, please feel free to share.
> Okay, so the old MT feeds were located here:
> http://www.site.com/index.rdf
> http://www.site.com/index.xml
> The new WP feeds are supposedly located here:
> http://www.site.com/feed
> So I put the first two lines in the site's root .htaccess file, the rest WP
> added itself:
> /-----------------------------
> Redirect http://www.site.com/index.rdf http://www.site.com/feed
> Redirect http://www.site.com/index.xml http://www.site.com/feed
> # BEGIN WordPress
> <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
> RewriteEngine On
> RewriteBase /
> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
> RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
> </IfModule>
> # END WordPress
> /-------------------------------
> I've waited for a few hours. Nuttin' Am I being impatient? Did I muck it up?
> I've tried Bloglines and NewsGator, neither have picked up the new
> location/new entries.
> A new subscription to the wordpress blog (http://www.site.com/feed) brings
> up the Wordpress entries just fine, so the feed is working okay. The new MT
> entries we make, which is still in service, picks up the new entries. So all
> feed urls seem to be working, but the old MT feed is not picking up the new
> WP entries.
> Any ideas? I'm flummoxed. I'm thinking there's a snafu in the redirect,
> could anyone help me out? Or let me know a better way to manage what I am
> trying to do? Thank you!!!
> Gina
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Jon Molesa
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