Moving to a self hosted site
I’ve read the support documentation for moving to a self-hosted site and I have a pretty good sense of what is involved.
Here’s my one question: I have my domain mapping purchased at WordPress.com It looks like I can just update the name servers to my new server.
This is the part I don’t understand. Can I set up my new blank blog with my current domain name at my new server first before I update the name servers to point there. In other other words, can I set up http:alwayswellwithin.com on a new host while it’s still mapped at WordPress.com? I’m not quite clear if I need to point the nameserver there first and then set up the blank blog or vice versa.
Hope that’s clear. My blog is http:alwayswellwithin.com Thanks so much!
The blog I need help with is alwayswellwithin.com.
Can I set up my new blank blog with my current domain name at my new server first before I update the name servers to point there.
You should be able to – talk with your new host they should be able to give you access to your new install without having the name servers pointing to the new site.
Also you want to make friends over at WordPress.ORG the keepers of the software you will be using – they should have a guide somewhere to help you do what you want to do.
Thanks for your response. It’s still not clear to me if I can have my domain name in both locations temporarily (wordpress.com and new self-hosted site) and then change the nameservers or if I have to change the nameservers, first. Any further clarification will help.
Also, will I be able to transfer my user name from wordpress.com to wordpress.org?
I understand now that once I change the nameservers they will point to a blank blog till I import my blog file.
Will I need to change the “primary” blog on my domain management page after I change the name servers?
My suggestion is to export your content, import it into the self-hosted installation (your web host should give you a temporary URL to use to connect to your site before you change the nameservers), get everything looking the way you want it and then change the nameservers.
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