Krissy (ljkrissy) wrote in news,

Changes to User Subdomains

Starting tonight, you can now reach your journal and community at a new, shorter user subdomain. No action is needed on your part.

All journals will now be located at http://username.livejournal.com.
All communities will now be located at http://community.livejournal.com/username.

We realize this is a big change, and that many of you will have questions. Here are some answers to questions you may have:
  • Why is LiveJournal making this change now?
  • Recent changes to a popular browser have enabled malicious users to potentially gain control of your account. As soon as we heard about it, we began implementing changes to protect your account, and this is one of the last steps of the required changes. The rest will be happening in the next few days. We'll post to our development journal with more in-depth details about these changes.

  • Will my links and bookmarks still work?
  • Yes, all of your links and bookmarks will continue to work. You will not need to go back and change them. They will simply redirect to the new URL. However, if you do change your links and bookmarks, it could save you a fraction of a second (avoiding the redirect).

  • What if my username starts or ends with a dash or underscore? ("__username")
  • If your username begins or ends with a dash or underscore, your journal will be located at http://users.livejournal.com/__username or your community will be located at http://community.livejournal.com/__username. You will not have to change your username, but if you'd like to change it we will offer you one rename (per username beginning or ending with a dash or underscore) for free. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, go to the Rename page while logged into that account.

  • Weren't user subdomains previously a paid account feature?
  • Yes, but now we've opened this feature to everyone. To offset this change to the paid account benefits, we are going to raise the voice post limit to 20 per month, up from just 15. Paid account holders should also note that we recently increased the maximum number of custom S2 styles you can create from 10 to 50, and the maximum number of custom layers you can create increased from 50 to 150.

  • What do I need to do about this change?
  • You don't need to do anything. All URLs will automatically redirect, and the only change you will notice is the address that shows in your browser window.

  • Why is this change good for me?
  • This change makes your account and the entire site more secure. Also, this should also secure your accounts from unknown browser vulnerabilities in the future, so consider this both a reactionary and a pre-emptive measure that will continue to pay off over time. Plus, it's shorter! You can now share a simplified journal address with your friends and family.

Thanks for your understanding about this important change, and have fun with your new, shorter URLs!
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