I'm giving strong consideration to moving to wordpress.org for a number of reasons. I've been very happy with wp.com, but want to harness the flexibility of wp.org.
I'm not confident I can move my entire site on my own, however. If this happens, it will be with the assistance of a happiness engineer and the Guided Transfer service.
I've read the page on the guided transfer process, but there are still several things that are not clear to me.
First, I assume I need to make a contract with a host and register a domain before doing anything, correct?
Second, on the guided transfer page, the following is stated:
Transferring over your entire WordPress.com site.*
But on the Recommended Web Hosting page, there is the following:
one of our Happiness Engineers will walk you through every step of bringing every post and comment from your blog onto one of the hand-picked hosts below.*
By "entire" in the first instance, I assume they mean all my media, too. But from the second I can't tell if by "posts and comments" they mean the transfer will include all my images, links, text widgets, etc.
When WP says entire, do they really mean everything, or will I lose content in this process? Do they really mean "most"? And if so, what exactly will I lose?
My third question is about the installation. Will they install WP to the directory of my choosing? I want the installation in the root directory of my (potentially) new site, not http://www.XXXX.com/blog/ or anything else along those lines.
Finally, and this is for experienced users more than the WP happiness engineers, can someone give me any reasons why I should chose Host Gator over DreamHost, or vice versa?
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, and I look forward to reading the responses.
The blog I need help with is underthemountain.wordpress.com.