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.