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  1. Can someone help me figure out the best way to go about this?

    1. I blog at http://looplooks.wordpress.com
    2. I decided I wanted to go self-hosting. (wordpress.org)
    3. I bought http://looplooks.net and hosting services from GoDaddy. Looplooks.com wasn’t available.
    4. I transferred all my looplooks.wordpress.com content to looplooks.net
    5. Now I’m trying to figure out the best way to redirect my traffic from looplooks.wordpress.com to looplooks.net. I think I have to pay wordpress.com $13 per year to redirect, correct?

    Or should I map my .net domain for $13 a year? I would like to be able to use the plug-ins, etc provided by wordpress.org.

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

  2. Do the redirect - that will send all traffic from your blog here to your new name - NOTE - make friends at WordPress.ORG the keepers of the software you are now using - you will need to change your Perma-Links on your new blog to match what the Perma-Link format is here - the people at WordPress.ORG will help you check the right box

    Domain Mapping would be if you wanted to turn your blog here into your new domain name -

  3. I'm going through the same situation, except I bought my domain/service through HostGator. To run WP from my site (www.danraysucks.com), I had to download WP software, which prompted me to create an account. I then imported/exported my content from danraysucks.wordpress.com to my domain. My problems: (1) I don't think importing/exporting transfers followers/traffic/etc. & (2) I have two administrative accounts that are not necessarily connected; for example, I posted my first article to danraysucks.com under my new admin. name, but my original danraysucks.wordpress.com did not update. I would like my followers to know that I'm still posting, so is it possible to connect these accounts? Or, is that exactly what redirecting does? Thanks.

  4. Install the JetPack Plug-in in your HostGator blog - then the staff can transfer your subscribers to your new blog

    I will flag this for the staff on they theory that you will get JetPack installed before the staff stops by to help you

  5. snmnstrz21 - auxclass's advice is exactly right, the Site Redirect is what you want in this situation. Once you purchase it, you'll be able to set it to redirect all visitors from looplooks.wordpress.com to looplooks.net.

    You can learn more about the redirect here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/

    If you need help getting your permalinks set up - another excellent suggestion from auxclass - you can check out these WordPress.org resources:

    Support Forum - http://wordpress.org/support/
    Codex (documentation) - http://codex.wordpress.org/

  6. danraysucks -

    (1) I don't think importing/exporting transfers followers/traffic/etc.

    We can transfer your email subscribers to your self-hosted site if you run the Jetpack plugin, as auxclass mentioned.

    http://jetpack.me/

    Just start a new thread when your site is up and running with Jetpack and let us know you're ready. Since there is no reader on self-hosted sites, your followers won't carry over, so we recommend you make one last post on your WordPress.com site, inviting people to subscribe by email over at your new self-hosted site.

    (2) I have two administrative accounts that are not necessarily connected; for example, I posted my first article to danraysucks.com under my new admin. name, but my original danraysucks.wordpress.com did not update.

    If you still need to make a post on your old site, you can log in at http://danraysucks.wordpress.com/wp-admin with your original WordPress.com username and password. The login for your self-hosted site will always be separate from the one at WordPress.com as they are running off completely separate databases.

    Just let us know if you need anything else.

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