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Transfer to blog to another hosting site

  1. I am transferring my blog to another hosting site, and they have asked for my Transfer Authorization ( EPP ) Code. Can you supply this?

    Thanks,
    Michelle

    The blog I need help with is michelle-childs.com.

  2. Let's try again. What I am trying to do is move my WordPress.com to another hosting site. I'm really confused by all the information I've looked at? Am I switching to WordPress.org and then moving over? What do I do??? Please help!

    Thanks, Michelle
    http://michelle-childs.com

  3. WordPress.ORG does not host sites. It is the development, support and distribution people.

    You don't need to transfer your domain name. And actually if it has been less that 60 days, you can't transfer it. That is an ICANN rule (the internet domain naming organization).

    If your domain was purchased recently, what you can do is to just edit the DNS nameservers here and point them at your new web host.

    If it has been over 60 days and you want to tranfer the domain registration to a different registrar (not necessary, but you can) then you would follow the instructions here.

    What you would need to do is to secure a web host such as bluehost, dreamhost, etc., point your domain name at the web host (they will give you the information) or transfer your domain over to them (there are fees involved to do this) and once that is done you can then install the wordpress software at that web host. Most web hosts offer scripts that will install the software for you. You can ask your web host about that.

    Next you would export all your content from here and import it into the new self-hosted site.

    If you are unfamiliar with this whole process, you might want to consider the guided transfer service that wordpress.com offers. The do the whole thing for you and turn a completely functioning self-hosted site over to you with all your content and everything.

    Keep in mind that with self-hosting comes additional responsibilities. You will have to do all installations, all upgrades (keep up on upgrades, this is important), all backups (do these often and regularly and make sure and include the wordpress database) and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you have to figure it out and fix it.

    WordPress has made self-hosting a site much easier, but it still require more work from the site owner.

  4. Thanks for your response. I
    Just to make sure I've got this right. I've bought the domain name recently, so I just need to edit the DNS name servers. Is that all?

  5. Yes, that is all you will have to do. My sequence for things like this is:

    1. Secure hosting.

    2. Install and configure the wordpress software at the new host, get the theme and any needed plugins installed, and everything set up the way you want it.

    3. Cut off any posting on the old site, export the content and import into the new installation (make sure during import to select to have wordpress bring over all your media (images, etc.)). Make sure everything came over and is good and fix whatever needs to be fixed.

    4. Once the new site is ready, change the nameservers. It will take up to 72 hours for the nameserver change to propagate around the internet, but typically much less.

    5. After 72 hours, go back to your wordpress.com site, go to settings > privacy and set the site to private. I always suggest keeping it and leaving it set to private just in case you would want to come back to it at a later time. If you delete it then that URL is gone forever and neither you nor anyone else can get it.

  6. Thanks so much, that's very helpful :-)

  7. You are welcome.

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