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how to ugrade from wordpress.com to wordpress.org

  1. hi, i recently just joined wordpress.com yesterday, and i realised some i dont have plugins on my word press.com
    and i need to add ad sense to it so start seeing ads, but at the moment have already paid a subscription fee of $25 as of ystrday, but still i cant see any plugins and how of that.
    so how do i upgrade fully to .org to start making use of the benefit.

    The blog I need help with is stylistblognews.com.

  2. Important Notes Before Upgrading
    Same Rules Apply
    – The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/#important-notes-before-upgrading

    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins or any themes into them . They are forr wordpress.ORG installs which run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    If you wish to have complete control over a blog, the ability to upload themes and plugins, and post advertising, and to edit themes and templates then your option is to hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.ORG and self host it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. This support documentation entry explains how to move to a WordPress.org install
    Best wishes with your install. :)

  4. Hi Timethief -- very related question re moving to .org. How do you maintain your SEO rankings when you move over? I've got some terms that rank very high, and don't want to lose that if/when I move over

    Thanks in advance.

  5. Page rank belongs to the original .wordpress.com sub-domain URLs that earned the page rank. When we purchased domain mapping we purchase a seamless redirection of visitors only. It takes about 4 - 6 months for the search engines to re-index the poss. As they do that the posts will appear under the new domain URLs in the SERPs, and gradually the original URLs will disappear from the SERPs. Also be aware that being hosted here means that we draw lots of Google juice from WordPress.com which has great SEO and a very high page rank, and that is gone when we move a blog into a self hosted install.

  6. Timethief - I don't understand every part of your reply -- I assume you're talking about a purchased redirect of my current wp.com address to the prospective new URL? -- but appreciate the information.

  7. Basically, you'll drop if you move off WP.com, no matter what you do in terms of SEO. After 4-6 months you'll stabilize at a new, probably lower level, but the initial drop is STEEP.

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