Switching over to WordPress.org
I currently bought a domain and wanted to figure out a way to connect this blog with some sort of eCommerce as I’m starting a small business. Being my first go around I didn’t realize that wordpress.org would be the better option. Now I have a domain through wp.com, but I am getting overwhelmed with the information to transfer to wp.org. I’m also scared to engage in the transfer without some kind of direct help and just using the 1,000 different ways to do it. Please help?
The blog I need help with is liftingmaterial.com.
Why not buy the Guided Transfer? For someone where you are, it’s a very good value.
I was trying to stay away from paying when I know that there are others out there who can help me. I just figured there are others who have been able to handle this without it. I guess if I do it, I would like it to be the last resort.
To move your content you need to create an XML export file of your content. It will not include the theme as they cannot be exported. See 3 below.
WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate.
1. Hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/
3. Export your content out of your WordPress.com blog http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/ and import it into the install.
4. Purchase a site redirect upgrade from wordpress.com
http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/ or if you have domain mapping then update the nameservers http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/
5. Transfer subscribers and stats. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/moving-your-subscribers/
Also note WordPress.com and WordPress.org have different log-ins and run different versions of themes with same names. If you don’t have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.
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