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  1. HI, i have few questions, to have self hosted blog mean to updagrade at wordpress.org right? and also to have that mean, i need to edit everything from customise themes etc etc ??

    I have free wordpress.com and only i have a domain upgrade. So, if i study about how to use self hosting, does it mean I can upgrade to self hosting blog ?
    And, I read that before i need to install plugin or install wordpress 3.0 or something, I need to know which host i want to use and to know HML ? I read about wordpress org's information like how to set up self hosting but not sure how to start them..seriously. and i want to get some easy ways and can recommend which official site for hosting better ...

    I think i shouldnt use self hosting. I am confused and seems so difficult to me. If you understand what I am asking, please comment me anyway... Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is aspiretoglobalpeace.org.

  2. You would need to get a web hosting account at some web host such as godaddy, bluehost, etc., then you would have to install and configure the software from wordpress.ORG (many hosts offer a installer script that takes virtually all the work out of it for you). Then you would have to install themes and plugins as needed. Since you already have a domain name, you can point it at the servers at your new hosting company and you will be on your way.

    A few things you need to know though. You are responsible at that point for all upgrades, all installations, and all backups. If something happens to your blog and you do not have a current backup, you might not be able to recover it and you might have to start from scratch. If any thing goes wrong with the self-hosted blog, it is your responsibility to figure out what went wrong and fix it, that includes possibly having your blog attacked by hackers. This sadly happens all the time. I just had to fix hacker damage on six sites for a new client less than a month ago. This is another reason to always, always back up your entire blog including all the files and the database often. With a clean backup you can be back up and running in perhaps an hour. Without it, you might not be back up and running for days, and when you are, you might not have all your stuff.

    The beauty of wordpress.COM is that all the upgrades, backups and maintenance are done for you. With self-hosted blogs, you have to either do it all yourself, or hire someone to take care of that part of it for you.

  3. I just moved my site onto WordPress.COM in part to get out of the software upgrade business.

    WordPress.ORG has 1,200++ free Themes so you can probably find one you like and not need to do any changes to it (I changed some font colors on my old site so they were easier to see)

    You did not say why you are thinking about moving. Some functions missing? Want adds? Kool Plug-in your friend mentioned?

    If you share the reasons you are thinking about moving we might be able to give you some good advice or at least a few things to think about first list.

  4. @Ausclass, I want to make a link for facebook, Youtube icons like Titan themes or Notepad themes. And also some people create own themes and also want to install some programme into blog which I want to make my title logo ? if i can find a such a software somewhere ...

    @thesacredpath Thanks for helping me!! I will search about hosting website more now!

  5. If you can find it and understand it, you can do it. When you go independent, it is all up to you.

  6. @Raincoaster, so, if I own the hosting by myself, then, Can I change back to wordpress.com later ?

  7. yes you can transfer back - you just need to be aware of the Terms of Service since you can do most anything you want on your own site,

  8. @Auxclass Thanks.

  9. And for security reasons, not everything you add to an independent blog will work on WordPress.com.

  10. @Raincoaster thanks.
    I think i wont host for a while. I need to know basic about this problems so.. Yeah Thanks all of you !

  11. What I don't understand is.. I made an account on WORDPRESS.COM.
    My currently webhotel is at hostgator.
    My domain is registered at namecheap

    I've seen a lot of video tutorials that people upload the downloaded document from WORDPRESS.ORG into "/public_html/" if that matters.
    And they get the step where they can register their blog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0XKcaEyX9I&hd=1
    look from 4:50 - 5:35....
    When I tend to login after I uploaded my wordpress with wp-config.php correctly done,
    I still get the WORDPRESS.COM layout with NO plugin and NOT as shown in youtube video I mentioned above.

    What am I doing wrong? Please help me, I need a online portfolio badly. Thx in advance

  12. As I can see @ WORDPRESS.ORG you can't register an account.
    So obviously you HAVE to register an account @ WORDPRESS.COM AND made a blog from scratch ALSO purchased a DOMAIN something like "MYBLOGRULES.COM"
    In order to continue to uploading part with http://FTP... I'm impressed that nobody ever mentioned that, I have to figure it by myself. If I'm wrong correct me. I need my blog asap. So please someone reply this thread!

  13. Bumping threads distorts the fabric of space and time and irritates the unpaid volunteers who would otherwise help you

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

  14. Please read this so you understand that wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG are completely separate and run on different software.
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Those who do have wordpress.ORG installs and who use Akismet and/or the wordpress stats plugin also have wordpress.com accounts do they can obtain API keys. http://en.support.wordpress.com/api-keys/

    This article may be helpful when it comes to setting up your wordpress.ORG intstall. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/06/setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-org-install/

    Note that the correct support forum for all wordpress.ORG software is here > http://wordpress.ORG/support/

    Note also that exacting instant service from Volunteers on support forums is unrealistitc.

  15. @timethief - morning - you have more patience than I this morning - I guess I should no longer be amazed at the rude instant answer crowd that has failed to do even basic research -

  16. The main thing to do is read the link Timethief mentions on the differences between wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG blogs. They are two different, separate and unconnected things.

  17. I know they are separate things. WORDPRESS.COM is web-based and WORDPRESS.ORG is self hosted. As I mentioned above I already got a host. All of you guys are avoiding my question. Why?

  18. We are wordpress.COM Volunteers. The support for wordpress.ORG has it's own Volunteers and we are in no way connected.

  19. @auxclass & TSP
    cgria.wordpress.com is no longer available.
    The authors have deleted this blog.

  20. @aixufey: Contrary to what you say, no, you do not need to register an account at WordPress.COM to use WordPress.ORG. The only exceptions are those services that require an API key (such as the stats). timethief made this very clear in her response.

    In fact, if you look carefully at the YouTube video you are citing, the signup page for WordPress.COM and the one for a self-hosted WordPress.ORG blog are not the same.

    Just because you're posting on the wrong forum and not getting the answers you wanted doesn't mean we are avoiding your question.

  21. We are avoiding your question because it is irrelevant here: it is not a WordPress.com question.

    You have a WordPress.org blog, and you want to know how to work it. That's not our issue.

    Also, you irritated us and distorted the fabric of space and time by bumping this thread.

  22. This whole thing - self-hosting - seems to be way over your head, and I'm not meaning that as a dig, just my observation given what you have said in this thread.

    My impression is that you are not ready for self-hosting a blog. There is a certain level of knowledge and understanding required to self-host a blog and I'm not seeing that. This can and likely will cause you a great deal of problems going forward.

    1. Your self-hosted blog is in NO WAY connected with, nor dependent on, either wordpress.COM or wordpress.ORG. It stands alone. The password you had for your account here will not work with the new blog because there is NO connection. During the installation of the software on your web hosting account you would have been given the username and password for that installation and it would even have emailed you that information.

    2. FTP access and uploading to your web hosting account is between you and your web host. They should have given you FTP access information for your web hosting account. If they didn't, or if you do not know how to FTP to your account, then you need to do some searching on the internet for how to do that.

    3. With a self-hosted blog, if you have problems then you will have to register for a forum account over at http://wordpress.ORG/support/ . That username and password will ONLY be for posting in the .ORG forums. NOTHING else.

    Very few here have any knowledge of self-hosted blogs since most have never had one so they cannot answer questions about a self-hosted installation.

  23. Actually there are many beginners who go the self-hosted route, but if you did go with self-hosted blog, you'd want to shop around for a host that could provide a lot of help along the way, with FTP, adding plugins etc. Email them before the order to see if they could provide the level of support you'd need, but after you learn the ropes, it's usually a smooth process

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