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Transferring an existing Weebly website to a WordPress website

  1. I am interested in transferring my website, http://www.newchicagoliving.com, to a wordpress format, but would like to keep my site live until the transfer is complete. I purchased a theme that I would like to use, but am not quite sure how I need to go about this process. Can I just open up a new wordpress account under a different URL, build the site and then switch over the NewChicagoLiving.com URL using the Guided Transfer service? Also, is this something WordPress can do for me for a fee? Any information would be helpful, as I am trying to consider all options in going about making this switch. Thanks. If it helps, the platform that newchicagoliving is currently built on is Weebly....
    Blog url: http://joeheathchicago.wordpress.com/

  2. Are you planning to use WordPress.com or are you going to use a self-hosted installation of WordPress, available at http://wordpress.org/

    For more information on the difference, please see:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If you choose to use WordPress.com, I'm afraid you will not be able to upload a custom theme as that is a feature of self-hosted sites using WordPress.org:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/

    You may, however, use any one of our free or premium themes available via your Dashboard -> Appearance -> Themes page.

    In terms of maintaining your Weebly site as you set up your new website, you can register a blog through WordPress.com via http://wordpress.com/signup/

    For a smooth transition, I would recommend setting up your WordPress.com website by creating all of your content, uploading your images, and customizing your site. Once finished, you can then map your existing domain to your WordPress account:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/map-existing-domain/

    If you need any advice on which method is best for you, please let us know :)

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