Msg#: 4561441 posted 1:00 am on Apr 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
welcome to WebmasterWorld, Paul!
RewriteRule (.*) [examplesite.net...] [R=301,L]
this is incorrect syntax and won't do anything useful - probably detrimental to server function.
you will need something in your RewriteRule Pattern that specifies a capture group excluding the "wordpress" part of the path and back-references that in the Substitution string. with a redirect you also want to specify a complete hostname starting with the protocol (http:) in the Substitution string.