Four Pillars Renamed To Money Smarts Blog

For anyone checking out the Four Pillars site you might have noticed that the domain has changed toΒ  This is the big change I alluded to a month ago.

I picked the wrong weekend to do this switch as I haven’t even had time to change the header or a bunch of other stuff – but oh well.Β  It’s done!!

Please let me know if you see any problems with the new site.


21 replies on “Four Pillars Renamed To Money Smarts Blog”


How’d you manage getting all the 301’s done? And is it a new installation of WordPress? And how’d you port over all the content?

I’d be very interested in seeing a Blogthority post about the process!

The new site is great, I’m jealous of your computer skills. Clearly I have managed to learn how to use a keyboard but that’s about it. πŸ™‚ When it comes to putting things online I am so lost it’s just not even funny.

Hey Mike – short answer is that I hired a professional (Mrs. Micah) to do it. πŸ™‚

I could have done it myself but it would have involved too much learning/time/stress and I’ve very glad I didn’t do it myself.

To answer your questions – for a 301 direct you can set one line which will redirect every url to the equivalent url on the new domain. This works if the permalink structure doesn’t change.

Had I inserted the following into my .htaccess on

redirect 301 /

then all the links on 4p would redirect to the equivalent on the new site:

ie would redirect to

In this case Mrs. Micah had to work some magic with regular expressions to remove the date so that
ie would redirect to

It was only a couple of lines on my .htaccess file however so again – it doesn’t have to be done for each post.

It is a new installation of WordPress. I’ll do a post on it but it’s the same as moving your blog to a new host. You set up the new domain, create an empty database, export the data from the old database, import into the new database, move over all your files and that’s more or less it.

Rachelle – thanks. Outsourcing is your answer. πŸ™‚

@Mike — You’re right, I don’t really care. πŸ˜€ But I would like to see your new theme look. πŸ™‚
@KeenBeam Google Reader didn’t rename Four Pillars to Money Smarts Blog on my end. You’ll probably need to edit the name manually.

Keen – yes, you should still be subscribed to the feed.

Tom – done – although I’m thinking it looks a bit small.

Squawk – give me a couple of years and the theme will look slightly different. πŸ˜‰

FC – I do write about bloggy stuff over at I don’t like to write about the blog here at 4P…errrr MSB. πŸ™‚

Preet, I made that favicon with my own two hands!!!

Fork and spoon finances. Maybe I should made that the new name so I could keep the favicon. πŸ˜‰

Squawk – I’ll get to it…someday.

Random thought: If you have any old posts to which I’ve linked in the past that play an important role for your site, feel free to give me a heads up and I’ll update the links. (From what I’ve read, 301’s don’t pass 100% of the link value.)

Love the new name!

What’s ironic is that I’m moving my sites over to Thesis too! Of course we’ll have to pimp our sites so they don’t look too alike; web design, always fun…

Also, congrats on the Globe & Mail mention in Best of the Money Blogs! Keep up the the good work!

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