I started mine on the free Blogger platform, and switched straight away to wordpress.org. But that was a learning experience for sure, as I did it all on my own, and lost a few wonderful comments on the way, but otherwise it was smooth, and there has been no looking back. Everyone on a .com wordpress site, should switch over, but only once they are sure they want to pursue blogging or take it up professionally as a career, isn’t it? Then it is worth the investment.
How to Move From WordPress.com to WordPress.org Using a Self-Hosted Domain
With the redirect set up, you will be able to manage your site redirects from the “Store > My Domains” menu item in the wordpress.com administrator dashboard. In order for the redirect to work correctly, the permalinks on your new site will have to match those used on your wordpress.com blog. You can change the redirect at any time you want, and for best results, you’ll probably want to use the service for a year or two until your visitors come to memorize your new domain and it takes precedence in the search results.
How to Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
Emerging blog projects start with WordPress.com where you just put in contents for the site and for people to know more about your brand or business. A lot of people confuse WordPress.org vs WordPress.com but these two aspects are completely different. Each host has an advantage and disadvantage that you should assess to know whether you will stay with WordPress.com or finally make the decision to go from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. The main difference between these is the provider hosting your site.
HOW TO: Transfer Your Blog From WordPress.com to WordPress.org [VIDEO]
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How To – Move From WordPress.com To WordPress.org
Most webhosts for whatever reason still have their PHP.ini configured in such a way where end users can only upload files with a maximum file size of 2MB or smaller. Although it takes quite a bit of content in an WXR file to go over 2MB, 2MB is not a lot of head room. If you find yourself in the position where your WXR file is larger than the maximum file size, I highly suggest submitting a trouble ticket to your webhost and asking them to increase the limit. If they choose not to, then ask them if they can import the file for you. If that doesn’t work, you can pull a trick from your sleeve by uploading a custom php.ini file to your webhosting accounts root folder. This is what my host did for me and afterwards, I took a look at the php.ini file and noticed it had this line in it:
I had this website sharing information about India (since I travel a lot) that was hosted on WordPress.com but I wanted to move to [redacted] to just look more professional. Tried my luck using help on Smashing Magazine but it didn’t really work our the way I wanted and my hosting wasn’t really supportive. Then I went to Youtube, found Tyler’s video and the rest is history.
Hi – I am trying to move my site from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (Bluehost hosting) but I have tried the export/import process 3 times now and I am not getting all my content. I am missing about 3 pages plus there are no posts imported. Any help gratefully received. Using Dyad themes also.