How to Migrate From WordPress.com to Hosted Account?
WordPress.com is a free blogging platform that allows u to do many things. However, there are still limitations on we can do when we are using it. For this reason, many people are considering to move their WordPress.com blog to paid hosting service. This allows them to have complete control and they don’t need to be worried about being banned for doing something that they need to do. Before registering to WordPress.com, we should read its Terms of Agreement. If we find that WordPress.com is too restrictive, then we should consider choosing the paid option instead. However, WordPress.com is still a good sandbox that allows to experiment with WordPress features, before we are using the actual, paid option. If we already have an existing WordPress.com website and we want to migrate our website, it is important to do specific things. The first thing we should do is to choose the hosting company. We should know that our existing WordPress.com blog could already take up much storage area. This is especially true if have many posts with embedded images.
It is a good idea to purchase one year of hosting first to find out whether the service is reliable enough. The next step is to register our domain and we often get a discount if purchase hosting account and domain name together. Based on the instruction of the hosting provider, we can proceed with the WordPress installation procedure. After we have completed the WordPress Installation procedure in our hosting account, we can continue with the transfer method. Go to the administration area of the WordPress.com blog, find Tools and click on the Export tab. It will be able to export almost everything to our computer, such as custom field, comments, categories and posts. However, it won’t save our blogrolls. The pop up box will ask whether we want to save the exported files to local disk. Check where our exported files are saved to speed up the process later.
At the hosted WordPress account, we also need to go to the Tools area and then click on the Import tab. Use the Browse button to find the exported files in our local computer storage and then choose Upload to continue with the importing process. All of our comments, posts, categories and others are now moved into the new blog. It is important that we should keep our old blog at WordPress.com, so we are able to notify our readers that we have moved to the new place. Many web hosting plans have special tools that make the migration process much easier to do. They may also offer one-click migration process and it is much easier to do. After we do this, we should have much more control over our blogging. We will be able to directly sell something or put PPC advertising on our blog to allow us earn some amount of revenue. It should be noted that we will need to reinstall our plugins and themes.