Moving From WordPress.com To WordPress.org

Moving From WordPress.com To WordPress.org

This is my experience of moving my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and I hope that you will find it useful. If there is something that I have not covered here that you would like to know, please feel free to send me an email.

The first thing you need to do is find an internet service provider (ISP). If you are in South Africa then I can highly recommend Take A Byte – contact them via email on support (AT) takeabyte (DOT) co (DOT) za – Duncan has been an absolute star.

You are going to need to map your own domain i.e. from bloggingfood.wordpress.com to bloggingfood.com. I would suggest that you do this before you even attempt to move from .com to .org.  Once you have done this, let all your readers know your new URL.

Once your domain is mapped, the domain has to be transferred. You will need an authorization code for this to be completed. Follow the instructions here on the wordpress.com site! Once you have a date for the transfer I would suggest you do not blog for a week leading up to the transfer. Tell your readers that the move will be taking place and give them a date to come and look for you – make it a week after the date you are given so that you can iron out any problems. This means your blog will be on hiatus for 2 weeks, but it is worth it. The day before the move, make the blog private so that you don’t get any comments on the site.

You also have to transfer all your posts and comments and photos from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Downloading them is a breeze – all you do is click the tools bar on the right hand side of your dashboard screen and select the export feature. This will download an .xml file to your hard drive. Mine was over 20mb! and it was saved automatically in the downloads file.

The default upload limit is 2mb so you will need to have this increased. Once the upload limit has been increased you click on tools, then import, and then wordpress, and follow the instructions. You must remember to choose the option to download & import file attachments so that everything is transferred. The same upload feature is available for other blogging platforms as well.

Before you make your new blog live, download the jetpack plugin as this will transfer all your subscribers and features from .com. I do not have all the features activated but make sure you activate the ones you want before you carry on.

Good luck for those of you who are going to do this, and please do not hesitate to ask me for help.

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48 thoughts on “Moving From WordPress.com To WordPress.org

  1. Thanks again Tandy xox

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    1. Anything I can do to help just shout xx

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  2. Your flatbread looks absolutely wonderful! Perfect with any meal or as a snack!

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    1. Thank you so much, and thank you for the visit 🙂

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  3. Good advice!
    Especially about the Plug-in, it is such a pity to lose things like followers, categories, tags, etc.

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    1. Losing my followers was the worst!

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  4. Thanks soo soo much!! I’m thinking of doing this but completely terrified. I’ve even considered hiring someone to do it for me. Part of my fear is that the style of blog I use is not on wordpress.org.. so I don’t know what theme to choose. Which server host did you choose and are you happy with them?? xx

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    1. Hi Barbara. Would you like me to check to see if your theme is on .org? Pop me an email to let me know. WordPress offer a guided transfer which is worthwhile if your budget allows it. My host is Take a Byte here in South Africa and I’m very happy with them. If you could use them it would be fantastic! Have a great day xox

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  5. Hi Tandy, Thanks for this.
    I will have to remember this post if I decide to transfer. It was very considerate of you to put it up.

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    1. It is my pleasure. I hope to do a few more this year on this theme 🙂

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  6. Is this your .org site now.. I’m on org.. It is a litle more difficult as you can’t do a few things available on the .com site.. But still good!!

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    1. Hi, this is my .org site. What can’t you do here that you can do on .com? Have a great day 🙂

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  7. Such a helpful post, Tandy . I wish I’d seen something like this before I did the move!
    Amanda sharing the blog ♥ Cookbook Review – Delicious Home Cooking by Valli LittleMy Profile

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    1. Me too Amanda, which is why I wrote it. The techies like to keep the behind the scene stuff to themselves 🙂

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  8. Wonderful post and tips–thank you

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    1. My pleasure Usha 🙂

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  9. That’s very helpful Tandy! I’m sure lots of people appreciate this 🙂
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ Cabin & Co, BlackheathMy Profile

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    1. It is something I would have appreciated when I moved 🙂

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  10. Smashing tips, Tandy. What are the advantages of being .org instead of .com?
    kateshrewsday sharing the blog ♥ Comment on A dog through a glass, dimly by lameadventuresMy Profile

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    1. Good idea for another blog post – the advantage of being on .org is that you can accept advertising 🙂

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  11. Thanks for this very useful post! Great post!

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    1. It is my pleasure Sophie 🙂

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  12. Thanks for the info Tandy! It sounds complicated… 😉
    Cheers!
    G

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    1. Parts of it is! Have a great day 🙂

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  13. Great info Tandy and it could not have come at a more perfect time as far as I am concerned! Are you glad you made the move? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? I was informed about the jetpack plugin for followers but I still have concerns. I have my posts/data in a new QA data base now in my new theme and it is going to take some time for cleanup and getting things the way I would like it.

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    1. Hi, I will send you an email with some of my thoughts. I don’t regret it at all! This blog was what I would have done had I known this at the beginning 🙂

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  14. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. my pleasure 🙂

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  15. These are GREAT tips, Tandy…when I moved mine to a self-hosted place, I cried. It was crazy for me and I wish I had this handy dandy helper then, lol. Happy New Year!!!
    The Squishy Monster sharing the blog ♥ Cookies for my NeighborMy Profile

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    1. I had some issues which is why I wrote this post. it would have been so helpful to me in June 🙂

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  16. Such a thoughtful and useful post, Tandy. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make the move as I’m not technical and “it all sounds Greek to me”. 🙂

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    1. you have to be a bit technically minded but not much as a lot of things are ‘done for you’ and wordpress do offer a transfer service 🙂

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  17. Thanks for these great tips!
    Joanne sharing the blog ♥ Recipe: Vegetable Eggs Benedict {eat.live.be}My Profile

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    1. My pleasure!

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  18. Thank you for this my friend, I plan to do this in my holidays after finishing school 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Good luck, and let me know if you need any help!

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  19. You made that sound so easy! Maybe one day. Thanks Tandy.

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    1. It was easy in hindsight 🙂 Have a great day Tammy 🙂

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  20. Some great advice here, thanks Tandy!

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    1. my pleasure Tanya 🙂

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  21. I’m thinking about moving as well. But I’ve not decided yet. Good luck 🙂
    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today sharing the blog ♥ Brioche!My Profile

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    1. If you need help Marta, let me know 🙂

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  22. So kind of you to post about all this experience! Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
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    1. It is my pleasure Katerina, and thank you for the visit 🙂

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  23. Yes! I’ve been waiting for this post. I am still deciding whether to move to WordPress.org but if I do, I’m sure this post will be invaluable. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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    1. Shout if you need any help migrating, if you decide to do so!

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  24. So kind of you to put all this information together Tandy, thank you.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. My pleasure Mandy 🙂

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