I’ve snagged a host via DreamHost as per the recommended hosts from WordPress.org, and am having a few issues.
1) How do I download a backup of my wordpress.com blog in it’s entirety aside from the EXPORT setting?
2) When I go to the new WordPress.org admin panel, it loops back to my WordPress.com blog. I need to transfer registry to DreamHost from WordPress.com. How do?
2. You don’t have to transfer the domain name, all you have to do is point it at the new host’s DNS which they should have given you in your welcome email. See this support document on changing the nameservers.