With the refresh of my weblog recently, I also wanted to take the chance to update the domain as well. I have long used burk.io for everything, which was mostly fine, but I found that having everything linked to it was perhaps not the best idea. I wanted to make things a little more personal, so I opted to go from last name to first name. I am still using burk.io for my email because it's awesome for that!
So the change was to be made, burk.io to where you are now, grepjason.sh!
Before I go on, why grepjason.sh? Well, I thought it was a fun way to say, “hi, you found me”!
grep as in searching text
jason as in, well, me
.sh as in a shell script
Paste them all together, and you are running a script to find me on the Internet! A stretch, certainly. Close enough for fun’s sake? Yeah!
Okay, back to the matter at hand. How do I get all my links spread across the internet that point to
https://*.burk.io/* to go here now?
After some research, it seemed like running a script on the old server to redirect was an option. The issue with this was that I didn’t want more overheard or a server I would inevitably forget about 12-18 months from now and be unable to figure out why something broke. Also, ideally, I want to put the old setup to bed for good. I then began looking for solutions at the domain level and came across the eventual solution that I went with.
I use Porkbun for all my domains (and I love them). Looking at my domain settings, there is a forwarding section. And within this, you can set up both 302 and 301 redirects. Not only that, you can wildcard it! Oh, and include subdomains since I wanted to cover anything related to the domain. Woohoo!
You can see the setup in the screenshot below:
The only caveat to this solution was ensuring static pages had the same URL structure and that my post path format was the same. Luckily in my case, I already had that set how I wanted it, so those all translated perfectly.
https://burk.io/about >> https://grepjason.sh/about 👍
https://burk.io/2022/use-what-you-like >> https://grepjason.sh/2022/use-what-you-like 👍
So now I think I should not have any dead links living out there on the internet. 🎉
But wait, where does your weblog live now? Glad you asked, it's over with the rest of my stuff at Omg.lol!
*Warning: The weblog stuff is still VERY early days so I would not say move there now, but it's already super rad, so I did. 😉