How to move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

If you are a current user of WordPress.com and want to shift your blog on and WordPress.org to get customize themes and new plugins in your WordPress blog. You have to follow few simple steps to move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

Things before you move WordPress.com domain to WordPress.org

You must have a domain name and good web hosting company perfectly knows WordPress. Bluehost will the best option for you because it provides you a free domain and 50% off on their hosting plan especially for WP Beginner users and Bluehost is also an officially recommended hosting provider of WordPress.

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And if your WordPress site already has a customized domain name, then no need to worry at all; we will cover that as well. So follow this tutorial step by step to move to blog.

Step 1: Export data from WordPress.com

You have to sign in your WordPress.com account then go to your blog’s dashboard. Just click on Export under Tools.

Move WordPress Blog
Move WordPress Blog

 

After clicking on the Export tool you will be moved towards a new page where you will have the choice between Free or Guided Transfer.

Worpress.com to WordPress.org
WordPress.com to WordPress.org

 

Click on the Export for the Free option. After that you will be asked which data you want to export. Select “All Content” and click on the Download File Button; an XML file will be downloaded in your computer which encapsulates your all data like posts, images, comments, customs fields, tags, categories, navigation menus and other information.

WorPress.com to WordPress.org
WordPress.com to WordPress.org

 

Step 2: WordPress setup

After completing the Step 1, you have to move on towards setting up a fresh WordPress install on your web hosting. Read the instruction given on your screen and install it. WordPress need few minutes in installing. Now it is turn to import your content into your new self hosted WordPress website.

Step 3: Import the content into self hosted WordPress site

Click on Tools in import option in your self hosted WordPress.org dashboard.

WordPress Importer Plugin
WordPress Importer Plugin

 

Now click on WordPress, you will ask to install the WordPress Importer plugin. After installing it, next click on activate and run the importer plugin. You will be directed to the option of uploading your WordPress.com XML file that is downloaded in the step 1. Img 4

Note: if your file size is larger than 2MB, then you have two options. One is to ask your web hosting company to increase that limit temporarily, so you can get on with the process. The other option would be to split your file by using a WXR file splitter.

At the time of importing, you will have the option of assigning your old content to a current user or create a new user. You can also import your old attachments.

Step 4: Set your WordPress blog Private

If you don’t wish to redirect your old users to your new site then go for the Private option. Click on Reading Page under Settings tab, and click on the last option, “I would like my blog to be private, visible only to users I choose”.

Set Your Blog Private
Set Your Blog Private

 

Step 5: Redirecting Visitors

You can redirect users to new location with 301 header is the solution to keep search rankings while moving a site from one location to another. Redirecting users to new location with a 301 header is the standard solution to keep search rankings while moving a site from one location to another. Since you don’t have access to .htaccess on WordPress.com, you cannot make any changes by yourself to retain search engine rankings. However, WordPress.com offers a paid upgrade, Offsite Redirect, which offers this functionality. Go to WordPress.com blog’s dashboard and click on the Store menu item. You can also upgrade the Offsite Redirect. The upgrade you are looking for is called Offsite Redirect. At the time of writing this tutorial, this update was reasonably priced at $13 USD per year.

Redirect Visitors from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
Redirect Visitors from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

The offsite direct will redirect the traffic. How this tutorial will be helpful for you. If in case, you have any query, you can ask me in comments.

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