I have been reading the FAQs and forum topics on domain mapping and wordpress.org, but I'm still very confused, so I decided to ask my questions here since support is closed now. I'm planning to move my wordpress.com blog to something else so I can accept paid content.
1) I assume domain mapping won't help because it's still considered as wordpress.com (because it's redirected to wordpress.com) even though I have my own domain name?
2) I read from various places that I probably need to get a hosting service and get my own blog up. I called and requested for live chats for all the recommended hosting services by WordPress, but I was waiting for a ridiculously long time and still no agents were available. Does anybody know of a good hosting service that has knowledge of transferring wordpress.com content to a new server and domain? I'm not good with all these, and I need a server company that can do all the transfer and setup for me.
3) Also, can somebody tell me some simple steps on how to go about doing this? I read different sources, but I am just more confused after reading! Can somebody enlighten me please? Thanks a bunch!