When I created Kikolani, over a year and a half ago, it began as a site for poetry and articles on personal discoveries. As time progressed, the site moved more towards its current theme of blogging and social media. So the question became, what do I do with my personal, creative side?
The answer was simple in theory, but a bit more complex in execution – to start new sites. This way I could focus on building very specific communities for each. Because those interested in tech are not necessarily interested in creative writing, and vice versa.
Moving Select Posts from WordPress to WordPress
One of my first concerns about moving my posts from one blog to the next was that I would lose my comments. Fortunately, WordPress makes it easy to transfer posts from one site to another (including comments, categories, tags, etc.), using the Tools > Import and Export. The only catch – import file size to the new site was limited to 8MB. My export file from Kikolani was over 50MB.
So instead of exporting everything, I went back in, changed the author on the posts I wanted to export, and exported posts restricted to just that author. The file size dropped to 5MB, and everything imported into my new sites perfectly. All of the exported posts kept their categories and comments intact.
The next part of the process will be the redirects from the original posts on Kikolani to their counterparts on the new websites. While I could do it in a .htaccess file, I am instead using the Redirection plugin for WordPress that lets you handle all of your redirects within the WordPress dashboard. The bonus of doing that vs. the .htaccess file is that the plugin counts how many hits you’ve had to the original page being redirected. This way, all of the posts that were bookmarked by their Kikolani address will automagically forward to the new sites.
I have only run into two issues so far with the importing and exporting of posts. The first was a few areas of custom CSS coding I had for images in posts that I had to copy into my new site’s theme. The second was the pending / spam comments attached to the posts I imported moved to the new sites along with the approved ones, and now have to be deleted. Small things that you don’t think about until after the fact.
New Site #1: Fragile Poetry
Fragile Poetry is a collection of poetry that covers a wide range of emotions through life experiences from teenager to adult, humor to heartache, loss to love, bliss to depression, and so much more. To become more involved with the creative writing community, I have also created a Twitter, StumbleUpon and Facebook. Keep up to date with my new poetry by subscribing to Fragile Poetry via RSS Reader or email.
New Site #2: Artistic Gemini
Artistic Gemini is about analyzing the fusion of astrology, creativity, dreams, personality, personal development, psychology and thoughts of a Gemini with an artistic temperament. So for those of you into any of those topics, stop by and follow Artistic Gemini on Twitter, StumbleUpon and Facebook. And to keep up with new posts, be sure to subscribe via RSS Reader or email.
Have You Branched Out?
If you have a blog that covers multiple topics, have you thought about splitting them into separate sites? If you have already done a similar process, what has been your experience? (Links to multiple websites as examples are welcome and Dofollow!)