A Slight Change of Name…

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed a change to the domain part of the OUSeful.info URL. I took the plunge, and paid for a WordPress upgrade, and now I have a OUseful.info subdomain – http://blog.ouseful.info – acting as home to the OUseful.info blog.

Whilst the blog is still hosted on WordPress – and the original URLs should all still work – this is the first step in taking ownership of how my web content is resolved…

The mapping is achieved by adding a CNAME mapping to the DNS settings for ouseful.info so that blog.ouseful.info maps onto ouseful.wordpress.com. (This is achieved via the DNS administration control panel provided by my host). WordPress describe the process here: Domain Mapping » Map a Subdomain. The WordPress Primary Domain setting then determines which domain appears as the default in the browser address bar.

Now if only Automattic provided a tool to rewrite all the links in my previous posts that point to ouseful.wordpress.com so they point to blog.ouseful.info

And what I suppose I need to do next on the feed subscription front is find a way of taking ownership of http://feeds.feedburner.com/ouseful so that folk can subscribe to that feed (with its attendant statistics) through the address feed.ouseful.info…. Anyone know if this is possible?

PS Ah, to answer my own question, Feedburner MyBrand appears to be what I need (e.g. see MyBrand Overview). If all’s gone correctly, then as soon as my CNAME mapping from feed.ouseful.info feeds.ouseful.info to Feedburner propagates, it should all work smoothly and the OUseful.info blog feed should be available from http://feeds.ouseful.info/ouseful

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

4 thoughts on “A Slight Change of Name…”

  1. You know I love me some domain mapping, and makes it all so much easier should you want to take your data elsewhere, or host it yourself.

    Plus I have to say you are quite the domain name trendsetter, over half my students got .info domains when they signed up for the class, which made me think instantly of the ouseful :)

    1. :-) The blog was originally called OUseful Info, so the domain just fell out for free…

      I wish I’d done the mapping ages ago… The big issue I have now is with images. I pull in blog images from flickr, but if I ever migrate the blog to my own installation, I’d probably want to store the images locally… Do you have a trick for that? eg something that on importing a WordPress export file into a new WordPress blog would be able to import any images rooted on my flickr account and then update the img src appropriately?

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