I registered my domain with wordpress, however I’ve realized the limitations… not having FTP etc…. How do I transfer the domain to my Hostgator hosting? Do I need to transfer to a different registrar completely?
You do not need to change registars in order to use your domain on a WordPress.org site. You set up your WordPress.org install and then simply update the nameservers.
If you’ve registered your domain through WordPress.com and now want it to point to a blog or website hosted elsewhere then you can do this by updating the nameservers. The nameservers control where traffic for the domain goes using DNS. If you are moving from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, you can enter the nameservers provided by your web hosting company to switch your domain to their hosting service. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#update-nameservers
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