I understand the difference between a site redirect and a guided transfer and that I have to pay for each separately, but what I don't understand and have been unable to find the answer to is what to do first. I am certain that I need to do both.
I would like to transfer my free site, site.wordpress.com, to a wordpress.org/partner self-hosted site. I can do that with the guided transfer.
I would also like to redirect, for at least the first year, traffic that would otherwise go to site.wordpress.com to the new .org self-hosted site.
A few things I need to know:
Do I have to have the new site before I purchase a redirect?
Am I correct in thinking that I need to have the new site before I even do the transfer, or does buying the transfer allow you to create a new domain at the same time? I realize that transferring content is what is paid for by the guided transfer and that hosting a domain is a separate cost.
I don't want to do one thing first and come to realize that I should have done the other first, and that there is no fixing the mistake.
The link below was the closest I could come to finding an answer, but the best it does is explain the difference between site redirect and guided transfer. What I need to know is if there is an optimal order in which to do both.
To the best of my knowledge this is what I should do:
1. Go to wordpress.org (free) and one of their hosting partners ($4-$12) for a domain.
2. Purchase guided transfer ($129) so that content from .com site goes to .org site. I assume that the .com domain will still exist as mine (although I am not sure if the content will still be there, is it literally moved to .org or just copied?) so I can then go to my .com dashboard and purchase the redirect.
3. Purchase site redirect ($13) so that free .com site goes to .org self-hosted site. The problem with doing this before the guided transfer is that it seems that for a period of time, or perhaps permanently, the content on the .com site will be nowhere (deleted? stored but not visible?), because there will be an empty .org site and a .com site that directs to the empty .org site.
Is that correct?
Sorry for being so long winded. This is a fairly big step for me and I want to be clear and have others be clear with me.