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Moving from to

globe, boxes, computer mouse The most common reason for moving from to is the desire to make money from advertizing and/or affiliate sales. In reality if your blog does not currently attract 1,000 – 1,500 unique visitors every day, and your traffic stats do not demonstrate a growth trend, then it’s unlikely that you will earn much more than what’s required to cover web hosting costs.  Moving from to means you will have added responsibilities so don’t hurry into self hosting thinking you will be handsomely paid for the effort. bloggers frequently ask:  “What’s involved in moving to and self hosting?” That’s a good question.

If you are moving from to you will have to purchase a domain name (if you do not already have one),   hire a web host , install and configure the software, export your blog content out of your site,   and then import it into the software install.

Your domain name should be short, memorable, and easy to spell. Wherever possible your domain name and blog title should be the same.  For SEO include keywords in the URL and tagline that reflect your “brand”.  Your domain name is your own, it’s portable, and you can have an email address and blog on the same domain. Having your own domain means provides increased opportunities to: build your own unique brand, online presence, and reputation; and to assist your followers (readers, clients and customers) to recall and locate your site very easily.

Moving from to means you will have additional responsibilities and if something goes wrong, you have to figure it out  and fix it.  Moving from to means you will be responsible for all installations, all software upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting. Current backups are critically important. They must be done frequently and the database must likewise be backed up frequently. If you have recent backup and something goes wrong, you can reasonably easily restore your site and not lose much data.

Moving from to means your new site will be starting all over again when it comes to earning authority and Page Rank.  The Google Page Rank and Technorati authority and rank for your content belong to the root blog ie. the original URL for the blog.

Moving from to means  purchasing domain mapping  or an offsite redirect, so readers will  seamlessly transferred between the URLs.   Because when  you purchase a domain name and move your content from to  a new URL all the old links will be broken and visitors will experience a 404 (page not found) if you don’t.

If you are moving from to then offers a guided transfer service where they set up your new site and move everything over for you. If you prefer a do it yourself move from to  you can use this comprehensive  Setting up a self-hosted install guide and  Moving Your Blog from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org: Resources and Tips

  1. Purchase a domain and hire a web hosting provider
  2. Register a account and locate resources
  3. Download a FTP Client
  4. Upload the most recent  self hosting version of wordpress.ORG software into your new site
  5. Select and upload a theme
  6. Select and upload plugins
  7. Export/Import your content into your new site
  8. Import your Links (blogroll) into your new site
  9. Change the visibility of your blog to private
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81 thoughts on “Moving from to

  1. Hi
    I’ve exported the xml file of all posts, pages tags, categories etc from .com and reimported it to .org as per WordPress guidance. Although the user, the tags and categories have uploaded none of the posts have been imported. What am I missing? Thanks

  2. I’m in the process of switching to .org. I’m happy and almost there. The only hang up I’m having is migrating my email subscribers. I’ve tried a couple CSV plug ins but they aren’t doing what I’d hoped. Any thought??? Thx

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