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Need help moving from Blogger to WordPress via BlueHost.

  1. I've read several tutorials but I'm missing something somewhere and it's driving me insane. My blog's been down for 24 hours now and I really want to get it back up. Here's a rundown of what I've done:

    -First, I purchased a domain from GoDaddy via Blogger a few months ago (saltisyourfriend.com).
    -I opened an account with BlueHost yesterday.
    -I created a free blog with WordPress (saltisyourfriend.wordpress.com).
    -I transferred all data from Blogger to saltisyourfriend.wordpress.com.
    -I changed the domain address at GoDaddy to BlueHost but now a generic BlueHost page appears at saltisyourfriend.com.

    Now I have several questions:
    -Do I need an upgraded version of WordPress to move my self hosted blog from Blogger to WordPress using BlueHost?
    -What do I need to do to be able to manage my original blog (saltisyourfriend.com) through WordPress while hosting with BlueHost?
    -In addition, I purchased a custom blog template... do I upload that through BlueHost of WordPress?

    I once considered myself pretty computer savvy but I'm new to blogging and the back end of websites so I feel like a complete idiot! Help!

    Thanks. :)

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

  2. I've been working on this for over 24 hours now and I'm getting so impatient that I tried to do it again myself. This time, I tried to migrate my blog through WordPress, thinking I could move it to BlueHost later if it worked. I paid the $13 to host the domain and everything looked like it worked. Then I checked the location of the blog and instead of using my domain of saltisyourfriend.com, it created a new one: saltisyourfrienddotcom.wordpress.com. I KNOW I specified that I didn't want to use a .wordpress.com domain, that's why it charged me $13. What is going on?!

  3. The $13 is not to host the domain; it is to attach the domain to your WP.com URL. Have you set the nameservers to point to wordpress.com? Here are the instructions http://en.support.wordpress.com/add-a-domain/

  4. You have mapped your domain saltisyourfriend.com - you don't have your name servers set correctly if you want to map to your blog here - see below - but if you want to use saltisyourfriend.com for a WordPress.ORG install then pointing the name servers to Blue Host is correct - but you need to get help for any WordPress.ORG install over at http://wordpress.org/

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    For more on the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  5. Wow, I have read at least a dozen online articles about how to make the switch and not a single one of them mentioned using WordPress.ORG, they all just said WordPress. I even went back over them after reading your reply. That's the issue.

    Thanks so much for both your responses.

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