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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