Moving WordPress to my root directory

I’ve now moved my WordPress site to the root of my web site, and I’m pleased to say that the task was much simpler than I expected.

The WordPress installation remains in the same place. All I had to do was log in to WordPress, change the URL for the site address, and then copy and amend a couple of files on my web server. I didn’t need to update my permalinks structure, even though the instructions at codex.wordpress.org suggested that I would need to.

I did do one extra thing though, as I don’t want to confuse Google into thinking that I am trying to confuse it’s search ranking algorithms.  The old blog links still work and so I therefore appear to have two identical WordPress sites.  Google can penalise you for this in their search rankings.  I removed the old blog subdomain name using my web hosting account.

Postscript: removing the subdomain name did cause a rather nasty complication.  Once the DNS entries propogated, WordPress stopped working.  I had used the subdomain in the WordPress URL and the solution was to update the WordPress URL to use a subdirectory of the main site.

Unpalitable Cookies

For some time I have been dreading the task of making my website compliant with the new EU legislation on cookies, but as the end of the 12 month period compliance period approaches, I have finally taken a look at what I needed to do.

I do believe that the legislation is badly thought out, is almost un-enforcable and would fail to achieve its intention even if it was enforceable, but I want to comply rather than risk owning the random web site that is used as a test case.

I used cookies to allow visitors to indicate which version of my site they wanted (US or UK; mobile or desktop) and then to automatically return to that version on their next visit. This is not a privacy issue as I don’t record the information anywhere, but it is no longer legal unless I ask the user for permission to store the cookie. To request a users permission without making the site look silly and without annoying the user was going to take more time than I have to spare for this task, so the simple solution was to stop using these cookies.

But I have also used Google adwords extensively on the site. And adwords uses cookies. I don’t even have a mechanism whereby I can stop those cookies being saved or accessed. So I need to remove adwords.

My earning from adwords have been miniscule, so this is not a financial issue, but simply removing adwords would leave a lot of blank bits in my web site.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this, so I’ve decided what to do. This WordPress blog only uses cookies that are permitted, though if I had allowed comments on my posts, that would be a different matter. I am going to drop my original site and promote my blog to take its’ place. I will then republish the information that was on my original site as a series of blog posts over a period of time.

I thought my original site was clever, and it was my baby so I am attached to it; but it was rather overcomplicated for the purpose and for the number of visitors it received. Maybe the ICO has done me a favour.