I know there are zillions threads about this and I think I have read them all. I am going in circles and hope someone can help.
I am moving from wordpress.com to a wordpress site hosted on Syn Hosting (which I found via recommendations here). The wordpress.com exports just fine to a .xml file on my desktop. When I go to the new site and Import, I click the first button to import, select the import file, and then it says its importing.
I never get a message after that, it just loads for a moment and then the screen stays the same: blank, with the dashboard header. But after this time, the little left hand corner in Firefox says "Done."
Then I check the site and nothing has been transferred--except the .xml file is listed in the Uploads section of the new site.
I used Fantastico De Luxe via CPanel on the Syn hosting site to install WordPress 2.1.1 (according to Syn, Fantastico got their 2.1.1 before the period in which the possibly hackable version was distributed.) I currently have a redirect on the new site to my old blog, but I did remove this while I was working on the move. (Put it back because I don't know when I'll resolve this, and don't want to lose my readers!)
I have previously moved another blog from wordpress 2.1 offsite TO wordpress.com, and this is not the first time I have hosted my own, though I would not be in the "very experienced" category of users either.
I hope someone can help. Thanks!