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  1. Hi
    Can you help? I saw that we can pay $13 to get a self-hosted site. Where would I actually go to write the blog once we shift it to our website instead of WordPress?

    Also, will the followers on WordPress still get the prompts when we post a new post and will they still be able to see and read our
    blog in a WordPress format?

    Will all the current subscribers be moved over to our new site? If so, how long does this take?

    Can I write my posts normally on my new site and can I comment and WordPress followers comment or like posts normally as well on the new site?

    And also, what about the rules I have set up on WordPress, like commenting? Will our categories and tags set up on WordPress still
    be the same?

    Does the $13 cover all this for a year? Is it US$13? Does this payment renew automatically or do we renew it manually?

    Do I get to keep my current blodge1 identity?

    Will all my photos go over to the new site?

    Will I get WordPress referrals still or does this disappear with our own hosting?

    Will anyone searching WordPress.com still come across our blog once it has moved over to self-hosting?

    Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is bownessbedandbreakfast.wordpress.com.

  2. The $13 dollars a year is just for the ability to redirect your existing wordpress.com site to a site hosted somewhere else. You still need to pay for hosting (cheapest hosting is around $6 per month, though good hosting starts around $15/month), and a domain. You still need to install WordPress on the other host. See the following article for some more info:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

  3. The only reasons you would need to move to self-hosted WordPress are:

    • If you need functionality not available from WordPress.com
    • You need a custom theme that is not available from WordPress.com

    Hosting your own WordPress site requires a lot more overhead, in terms of installation, management of theme, plugin, and WordPress updates, securing your site, etc.

  4. I saw that we can pay $13 to get a self-hosted site. Where would I actually go to write the blog once we shift it to our website instead of WordPress?

    That's not correct. To have a self hosted WordPress.ORG install you must hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and then set up the install. http://wordpress.org/

    Re: domain mapping
    On WordPress.com, you can use a custom domain for your blog (such as yourgroovydomain.com) instead of the default address you get when you sign up (like yourgroovysite.wordpress.com). This is called Domain Mapping, and it’s a paid upgrade: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    After you have web hosting in place and have set up your install see this: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/
    If you’ve registered your domain through WordPress.com and now want it to point to a blog or website hosted elsewhere then you can do this by updating the nameservers.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/

  5. @thistimethisspace: Are you not seeing my posts? This is like the second or third thread in the past few minutes that you've replied to even though I've already answered the questions.

  6. Where would I actually go to write the blog once we shift it to our website instead of WordPress?

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are separator and require separate logins. The answer is: On the self hosted install.

    Also, will the followers on WordPress still get the prompts when we post a new post and will they still be able to see and read our blog in a WordPress format?

    Povided you install Jetpack and activate it and provide both the wordPress.com and WordPress.org URLs Staff can transfer your subscribers for you.

  7. And also, what about the rules I have set up on WordPress, like commenting? Will our categories and tags set up on WordPress still be the same?

    Yes. You will be exporting content out of the WordPress.com blog and importing it into the WordPress.org install. No data will be lost. The theme cannot be transferred and all text widget content must be copied and pasted. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/

  8. Does the $13 cover all this for a year? Is it US$13? Does this payment renew automatically or do we renew it manually?

    Please read this entry knowing that the $13 fee is paid per year and you will receive several warnings in advance of the renewal date. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    Do I get to keep my current blodge1 identity?

    You keep that identity here but you must also register a wordpress.org account as no support for WordPress.ORG software is found here at WordPress.COM. If you don't have a username account at WordPress.org, click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post there.

    Will all my photos go over to the new site?

    Yes they are included in the exoprt file as attachments.

    Will I get WordPress referrals still or does this disappear with our own hosting? Will anyone searching WordPress.com still come across our blog once it has moved over to self-hosting?

    No. When your blog has been moved it's no longer part of the WordPress.COM community. The data in the WordPress.com Topics pages will be removed and no new posts will appear there unless your subscribers choose to follow your new install through the Reader.

    P.S. I suggest you read this as well so you know exactly what you are getting into. There is no hand holding support at WordPress.org. They provide only free software and peer support forums. there are no Staff to bail you out. You will be responsible for fixing anything at all that goes wrong with your site.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/08/31/moving-your-blog-from-wordpress-com-to-wordpress-org-resources-and-tips/

  9. Hi
    Thanks so much for your replies. My webmaster tells me I have got my first question wrong. This is what he says: 'I can see your first question is not relevant as it is not $13 to get a self hosted site but rather $13 to have a redirect to a self hosted site.'
    Does this new information change anything?
    Thanks.

  10. No. I already knew that when I replied above.

  11. Hi again
    I just got the last email. Does the $13 re-direct keep me on wordpress.com, not .org?
    Thanks.

  12. blodge1: No, it redirects your wordpress.com ADDRESS to your wordpress.org installation on another server.

  13. No. You have two choices:
    (1) Purchase a domain mapping upgrade and have your blog remain where it is ie. free hosted here at WordPress.com
    (2) Set up your own web hosting and self hosted WordPress.ORG install and then upgrade the nameservers to point to the install.
    Either way if your purchase a domain via a domain mapping upgrade from WordPress.com the fee is paid annually to WordPress.com.

    Please read all the information at the links I provided so I don't have to answer the questions that can be answered by reading the information at the links.

  14. Thanks. Your replies are much appreciated.

  15. You're welcome and best wishes with the move.

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