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  1. Hi,
    When I signed up for wordpress I opted to purchase my domain. How do I transfer the domain if I want to? Do you all think it is best to use a redirect and keep the domain at wordpress.com? I would like to have the functionality of wordpress.org with the plugins.
    Thanks for reading and responding,
    Sarah

    The blog I need help with is teachingresourcesfortheclassroom.com.

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Just to clarify, are you wanting to transfer your domain from WordPress.com so that you can self-host it using with full control of your site (i.e. full control of themes, extending functionality via plugins)? And, is the domain that you are referring to the one that is hosted here at WordPress.com called: teachingresourcesfortheclassroom.com?

    If that is the case, you would first need to purchase a web hosting account, setup the WordPress.org site and then transfer all of your content from your WordPress.com site to your new hosting account. If you are using the same domain name, instead of site redirection, the domain name servers would just need to be updated to point to the right host - Update Name Servers or Change Name Servers.

    If you would like to have the extended functionality with plugins and full control over your site, it does make sense to switch. WordPress.com also offers a service called a Guided Transfer if you are unable to do all the initial work involved necessary to switch over.

    I hope that the above information is helpful. Best of luck to you!

    Martin

  3. My apologies, in my first statement above, I meant to say: ...you can self-host it using WordPress.org with full control...

  4. Thanks Martin.
    I would like to stay with wordpress if at all possible. I have enjoyed using it and I think it is a good platform.
    Sarah

  5. I really feel that I need some of the seo plugins?

  6. @sarahwinchell

    I would like to have the functionality of wordpress.org with the plugins.

    Please read this entry so you understand that WordPress.ORG and WordPress.COM are completely separate. WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

    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 to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

    To move your content you need to create an XML export file of your content. It will not include the theme as they cannot be exported. See 3 below.

    1. Hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/

    2. Set up a WordPress.org install and equip it with a theme and plugins.
    http://wordpress.org/themes/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/

    3. Export your content out of your WordPress.com blog http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/ and import it into the install.

    4. Purchase a site redirect upgrade from wordpress.com
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/ or if you have domain mapping then update the nameservers http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/

    5. Transfer subscribers and stats. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/moving-your-subscribers/

    6. Set the blog visibility setting on your WordPress.com blog to private. To change blog visibility to private go to > Settings > Reading scroll to Blog Visibility and choose option 3 . See the guide here http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    Alternatively you can purchase a Guided Transfer and Staff will do the move and set up for you http://en.support.wordpress.com/guided-transfer/

  7. Hi Sarah,

    If you like WordPress.com, since it already has built in SEO out of the box, it might make sense for you to stay. The SEO plugins are probably not necessary. You might want to check out this discussion about SEO on WordPress.com. It dispels some of the myths around the need for SEO plugins. The blog post also offers some easy to follow tips that might help increase your site's rankings.

    This support document might also help: Search Engines.

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