A snippet from the Automattic team-
“WordPress.com is a hosting platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online. You don’t have to download software, pay for hosting, or manage a web server. WordPress.com has hundreds of themes, and includes the functionality of many plugins, but you can’t upload your own plugins or themes.
WordPress.org offers free software that you can install on a web server. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database.”
For all of you who are preparing to get yourself a self-hosted blog, here’s a simple 7-step procedure you may follow to move your WP.com blog to a WP.org blog.
Step 1 : Get a Domain name. (the name for your new blog)
There are a lot of options like GoDaddy, BigRock etc. While choosing the domain name provider, don’t be tempted by the first year fees. Judiciously watch out for the fees 2nd year onwards, as well as other services being offered along with the domain name.
Step 2 : Get a webhost (to host your new blog)
Before you choose the webhost, make sure it is compatible with WordPress. Also check the reviews for server uptime as well as server request time. My blog is hosted with justhost.
Step 3 : Setup your Domain to route to your webhost
Step 4 : Install WordPress on your webhost
Step 5 : Export data from your WP.com blog
Step 6 : Import data into your new WP.org blog
Step 7 : Customise your new blog with themes, widgets, plugins etc.
Here are a few of the ultimate guides to helping you with the above steps:
1. One of the to-the-point guides
2. One of the most concise guides I came across.
3. This one covers a few of the importing errors and troubleshooting
4. A Detailed guide with several suggested options
How was your experience moving from WP.com to WP.org blog? What’s that you’re looking forward to do with a self-hosted blog?