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  1. Hello! I am a web developer new to using wordpress. I did not realize there was even a wordpress.org made to assist web developers in creating their own custom made themes. So basically I have already (1) created an account for wordpress, (2) installed wordpress using my hosting and ftp, (3) blog is brand new and no new content has been added yet so I do not have to worry about any blog content to be exported and re-imported.

    My main goal is to take my wordpress.com account and start using wordpress.org because I have my own hosting and domain. I tried to log into wordpress.org using the same user // pass as my wordpress.com account but it does not recognize me. When I try to request my password it won't send anything to my email address for my created account.

    I have read so many forums but there is really no step by step guide on how to transition into using wordpress.org when you already have installed wordpress (using wordpress.com's download to install) and have an account setup. There are articles on how to export your blog and import it to not loose created posts, etc. But there is nothing that shows you how to setup your hosting, ftp, and wordpress.com account to work the way wordpress.org does (allowing custom templates, ftp access to fully customize, etc.)

    How do I get started using wordpress.org (after installing and creating an account from wordpress.com) to allow me to use my current hosting and ftp to work cohesively with my wordpress.org backend?

    I'm super new to this process and would appreciate any guidance that can be offered, thanks!

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

  2. Self-hosted wordpress blogs on third-party hosting services such as godaddy, bluehost, etc., are completely separate from wordpress.COM. There is no connection.

    During the installation of the software at your self-hosted site, you would have been given the login information. You sign in there using that login information. The wordpress.COM login information will not work on the self-hosted blog.

    Also for help with the self-hosted site, you have to head over to http://wordpress.ORG/support/ as that is where the self-hosted version of wordpress is supported. There are key differences between the two so you need to be where they know the software you are using.

  3. My main goal is to take my wordpress.com account and start using wordpress.org because I have my own hosting and domain. I tried to log into wordpress.org using the same user // pass as my wordpress.com account but it does not recognize me.

    WordPress.COM and wordpress.ORG are completely separate sites. You will need to create ausername account at wordpress.ORG. Here are step by step DIY instructions for the move containing thescredpath's advice > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/06/setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-org-install/

    If you prefer to you can pay Staff to do this. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/guided-transfer/

  4. Thank you guys so much for this input, I will look into this and post a reply once I read through these articles.

  5. Ok! I have read through all of your articles did the following:

    I made a wp.org login and just in case of any conflicts I updated the files with wp.org's download installation files on my ftp to re-install but it said it was already installed so when I go to login (http://mydomain.com/wp-login.php) it logs into my wp.com account's backend (http://mydomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin/).

    I have no clue how to access my backend to work with my current hosting server's ftp to make a customized blog so I figure from here on out I will post my issue on wp.org and try to find my solutions there? Thanks for all of your help!

  6. Did you point the nameservers for your domain name at godaddy?

    Since you have not saw fit to provide the actual domain URL, we can't do much checking for you.

    http://mydomain.com does us zero good.

  7. And another thing, the username and password you set up over at .ORG has nothing to do with your blog. Again, your blog is NOT connected to .ORG. You are only using the software from them. Your system is completely stand-alone. It is an island unto itself.

  8. Do a "whois" search on your domain name and look to see where the nameservers are pointing. if they are pointing at the following then you need to change them to point to godaddy and again, godaddy should have provided you with that information.

    ns1.wordpress.com
    ns2.wordpress.com
    ns3.wordpress.com

    If you bought your domain name through wordpress.COM, this support document covers changing the nameservers for your domain to point it at another web host.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#update-nameservers

    If you bought your domain through someone else, then you will have to change the nameservers at that registrar.

  9. I'm so sorry, its not that I don't see it fit, I'm just really slow at this since this is my first time setting up. This is my actual url that I am trying to log into http://www.followsydney.com/wp-login.php and I had at one point pointed the name servers to wordpress.com but found that if I have my own domain and hosting there should be no need to redirect nameservers to I put it back to the way it was. I guess since I am so new to this my main problem is probably correctly setting up my software at .org and my blog so that I can create a custom made theme. I thought I was on the right track following the articles I have been reading but somehow I am just clueless right now and hope to find out what I have to do next :(

  10. I see your new self-hosted blog just fine at this URL: http://www.followsydney.com/ , so that means everything is working correctly.

    At the bottom of that sidebar, you will see a widget titled "Meta" and in that widget is a "login" link. Use that login link and then use the password and username that you got when you installed the software over at the new web host.

    One thing I would suggest before doing that though is to log out of wordpress.COM, clear your browser cache and cookies, restart your browser and then try logging into the new site.

  11. These are my current nameserver and hosting setup

    Domain Name: FOLLOWSYDNEY.COM
    Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
    Name Server: NS1.PANELBOXMANAGER.COM
    Name Server: NS2.PANELBOXMANAGER.COM

  12. Thank you so much! I will try this right away.

  13. You are welcome.

  14. Okay, I'm probably just really being stupid here and missing something but I logged out of wp.com and cleared my cookies and cache then went to http://www.followsydney.com/ and clicked on 'login' under 'meta' in my sidebar and it takes me to http://followsydney.wordpress.com/wp-login.php so I log into http://followsydney.wordpress.com/wp-admin/ but aren't I suppose to be directed to something like http://followsydney.com/wp-admin/ to work with my current ftp server?

  15. So sorry for being completely lost, your help is really appreciated...

  16. There is something messed up in the configuration when the site was set up because there is no way that the login link there should link back to wordpress.COM, which it does.

    Go to this URL and try logging in.

    http://www.followsydney.com/wp-login.php

  17. Yea, when I go there and log in, it does, but it takes me to http://followsydney.wordpress.com/wp-admin/

    What do you think I should do? Is there any way I can remove everything and reinstall from scratch? Or is there a more specific way in fixing this configuration issue?

  18. Since you are talking about a self-hosted blog, ask over at http://wordpress.ORG/support/ as that is where the self-hosted software is supported. They should be able to tell you how to fix the issue without having to uninstall and reinstall everything.

    Tell them to look at the login link in the meta widget on your site and see that somehow it is pointing to wordpress.COM instead of your newly installed self-hosted blog.

  19. Thank you so much for your feedback, at least I now know what is wrong and what questions I should be asking. Thanks a million!

  20. You are welcome. I think it can be fixed by just editing the wp-config.php file via the cPanel.

  21. Yea I considered that but right now I think it is properly setup....I have a DB_NAME, DB_USER, and DB_PASSWORD setup and then I have the DB_HOST set to localhost...everything else is at default settings...unless there is something else I overlooked in tutorials that I need to adjust upon install? Not sure...I posted my concerns on .ORG but if you have any other advice on editing my wp-config.php file I'd love to try anything out.

    Right now I am editing the wp-config.php via http://ftp...is that correct?

  22. If you don't get a timely response from thesacredpath, I suggest you ask at http://wordpress.org/support/ as he initially offered.

  23. I have, I don't understand why they completely missed my point when they responded, they just reiterated what I stated was my issue twice now. I will most likely have to send another support request to see if this time they actually read my email and offer assistance. Thanks!

  24. The support at WordPress.org isn't like the support here. You can't just email with a problem. Your best bet is looking in the forums over there. Someone else may have gone through the same thing and have some suggestions.

  25. I know that, I have been doing both because support takes way too long...but even they can't answer me yet. And right now I'm trying a few things on the feedback from the forums I am going through. I just really don't understand how this isn't an obvious solution as I have seen quite a few people with the same issue and either no one responds or there is no closure...but I am still tryin

  26. OK, try this again. Log out of wordpress.COM. Clear your browser cache, history, cookies, and if you have bookmarked your wordpress.COM website, delete that link in your bookmarks. Restart your browser.

    Now, before doing anything else, put this link into your browser address bar:

    http://www.followsydney.com/wp-login.php

    Right now that is showing up as a login link to your NEW blog, not your .COM blog. Do NOT use the link in the meta widget on the sidebar of your site.

  27. @followsydney
    I'm sad to say that the reality is that you may not get answers to your questions at wordpress.org for days, weeks, months and in some cases you may not get answers at all. The bottom line for us Volunteers here ate wordpress.com is we cannot start providing support for wordpress.ORG bloggers because if we do then they come back time and time again and others join them.

  28. @followsydney, what operating system are you on? Windows XP, Vista, 7, or on Mac or Linux or...?

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