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How to Properly Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Do you want to move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?

Many beginners often start with WordPress.com, but they soon realize its limitations and want to switch to the self-hosted WordPress.org platform.

In this step by step guide, we’ll show you how to properly move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

Moving WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Why Move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

WordPress.com allows anyone to start a blog by creating an account. However, beginners soon realize that there are a lot of limitations on their free WordPress.com blog like limited ability to monetize, can’t install plugins, third-party ads displayed to your users, and more.

This is why users soon switch to the more powerful and popular self-hosted WordPress.org platform.

To understand the differences between the two platforms, see our full comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

We recommend using WordPress.org because it gives you complete ownership of your website and freedom to control all its features. To learn more about all these features, see our complete WordPress review with pros and cons.

That being said let’s take a look at how to properly migrate your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

Things You Need Before You Start

To start with self-hosted WordPress.org, you’ll need a WordPress hosting account and a domain name.

We recommend using Bluehost because they are one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

They are also offering WPBeginner users a free domain name and a 60% discount on web hosting. Basically, you can get started for $2.75 / month (and this also includes free SSL).

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If your WordPress site already has a custom domain name, then you’ll still need web hosting. Go ahead and signup with Bluehost and under the domain step, add your blog domain. We will show you how to keep the same domain while transferring from WordPress.com to WordPress.org without losing search rankings in the later steps.

Aside from the hosting account, you’ll of course need access to your WordPress.com account, so you can easily move all of your posts, pages, images, comments, and other data over to your self-hosted WordPress site.

Bonus Free Offer: Since a lot of you asked for this, we are now offering free migration service from WordPress.com to WordPress.org as part of our free WordPress blog setup service. During this guided transfer, one of our expert team members will do the entire migration for you (100% free). This means you can switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org without any risk.

However, if you are someone who likes learning and doing things yourself, then you can follow our step by step tutorial below.

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If you’d prefer written instructions, then just keep reading.

Step 1: Exporting Data from WordPress.com

First, you need to sign in to your WordPress.com site and go to your account dashboard. From the left column, you need to click on the Tools » Export menu and then click on the ‘Export All’ button.

Exporting content from WordPress.com

This allows you to export your WordPress site. Once the export file is ready, a download link will be visible. You can click to download the zip file on your computer.

WordPress.com will also email the link to your email address.

Downloading WordPress.com export file

Once you have downloaded the file to your computer, you need to unzip it. Inside it, you’ll find an XML file that has all of your posts, pages, images, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, navigation menus, and other data.

Step 2: Setting up WordPress

Now that you have exported your WordPress.com data, the next step is to set up a fresh WordPress install on your web hosting.

WordPress is very easy to install, and it only takes a few clicks. If you signed up with Bluehost like we mentioned above, then WordPress will be automatically installed for you.

Alternatively if you chose a different hosting service, then you can follow our step-by-step tutorial on how to install WordPress within 5 minutes.

Once you have installed WordPress, it is time to import your content into your new self-hosted WordPress website.

Step 3: Importing Content into Self Hosted WordPress Site

In order to import your old WordPress.com site content to your new WordPress.org site, you will need to login to your freshly installed WordPress website’s admin area. From here you need to visit the Tools » Import page and click on the ‘Install Now’ button below WordPress.

Install WordPress importer

WordPress will now install the WordPress importer for you. Once it’s done, you need to click on the ‘Run importer’ link to continue.

Run importer

It will take you to a screen where you will be asked to upload your WordPress.com XML file that you downloaded in step 1 of this tutorial.

Upload import file

Note: if your file size is larger than 2MB, then you have two options. One is to ask your web hosting company to increase that limit temporarily, so you can get on with the process. The other option would be to split your file by using a WXR file splitter.

When you start importing, you will have the option of assigning imported content to an existing user or create a new user. You’ll also have the option to import file attachments. It is very important that you check this box, so your image files are imported properly.

Import options

Step 4: Importing Your Blogroll Links

If you had been using the Links feature on your WordPress.com blog to store blogroll or other links, then you need to follow these instructions to import them. Users who were not using this feature can skip to Step 5.

WordPress does not natively support blogroll feature. If you don’t have too many links in your blogroll, then see our guide on how to add blogroll links in WordPress without using a plugin.

However, if you have too many links, or you would like to keep the blogroll functionality, then continue reading.

Blogroll links are exported in OPML format. It is an XML format that allows you to export and import your links and link categories. Your WordPress.com links have an OPML file located at an address like this:

http://example.wordpress.com/wp-links-opml.php

Replace example with your WordPress.com blog’s subdomain. If you are using a custom domain with your WordPress.com website, then your OPML file can be accessed by visiting a URL like this:

http://www.example.com/wp-links-opml.php

Your OPML file will open in your browser window, and you need to save it to your desktop. Press CTRL+S (Command+S on Mac) to save the file on your computer.

Blogroll export file

Now that you have a backup of your WordPress.com links, the next step is to import them into WordPress. However, self-hosted WordPress does not have a link manager enabled by default.

You will need to install and activate the Link Manager plugin. The plugin’s page says that it hasn’t been updated in many years. That’s because it didn’t need updating, and you can confidently install this plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item in your WordPress admin bar labeled ‘Links’.

Link manager enabled in WordPress

Next, you need to install and activate the OPML Importer plugin. This plugin simply enables a new importer tool that allows you to import blogroll links.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Tools » Import page and click on ‘Run Importer’ link below the Blogroll importer.

Blogroll importer

On the Blogroll importer page, you need to upload the OPML file you saved earlier and click on the import OPML file button.

Importing blogroll

WordPress will now import your links and link categories from the OPML file. You will be able to see the progress and on completion, you will see the success message.

Successful completion of blogroll link import

Step 5: Setting your WordPress.com blog to private

Now if you don’t want to redirect your old users to your new site, then this will be your final step.

First, visit your old blog’s WordPress.com dashboard. From the left menu, you need to click on Manage » Settings menu and scroll down to the ‘Privacy’ section.

Making your old blog private

From here, you need to select ‘Private’ option and then click on the ‘Save settings’ button. This will make your old WordPress.com blog private, and it will only be visible to you or other logged in users that you approve.

Attention: If you have been writing for some time, and you have a loyal audience, then it does not make sense to leave them hanging.

Furthermore, if your blog has been out there for a while, then chances are that it is indexed in Google and other search engines. You can keep all the search engine rankings and easily redirect your old users to your new blog by following Step 6 (highly recommended if your site is established).

Step 6: Redirecting Visitors and Preserving SEO

Redirecting users to the new location with the 301 header is a standard solution to keep search rankings while moving a site from one location to another.

Since you don’t have access to .htaccess on WordPress.com, you cannot make any changes by yourself to retain search engine rankings. However, WordPress.com offers a paid upgrade feature called, Site Redirect, which provides this functionality.

Simply go to WordPress.com blog’s dashboard and click on the Manage » Settings menu item. Under the ‘Site Address’ option, click on the ‘redirect’ link.

Site redirect link

On the next screen, you will be asked to provide the domain name where you want visitors to be redirected. Enter your new WordPress.org site’s domain name and click on the go button.

Note: Site redirect is a paid upgrade and costs $13 per year. It will add a 301 redirect which redirects your WordPress.com blog’s visitors and search engines to your new site.

Purchase site redirect from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Some of you will ask how long should I keep paying for this Offsite redirect feature? The answer is for as long as you want to. However, we personally think that 2 years would be enough time for your old users to memorize your new domain name.

If you are changing domains, then another thing you want to do is update all in-post URLs. If you ever inter-linked your posts, then those links have to be updated. You can use our article on how to update URLs when moving your WordPress site.

If you had a custom domain on WordPress.com, then you don’t have to worry about anything. Simply change the DNS record to your host, and you will retain all the SEO benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We wrote the first version of this article in January 2013. Since then we’ve received tons of great questions. A lot of which we’ve answered via email or in comments, so we thought it would be nice to compile the popular ones at one place where everyone can see them.

What happens with my WordPress.com Subscribers?

Thankfully, WordPress.com allows you to migrate your subscribers with one condition. You must use their Jetpack plugin which adds the same subscriber functionality that you had at WordPress.com. Once you install and activate the Jetpack plugin, you would need to contact the WordPress.com team and ask them to migrate the subscribers for you. Our hope is that in the later versions of Jetpack, this will become easier and users will be able to do it themselves.

Can you help me transfer from WordPress.com to WordPress.org for FREE?

Absolutely. We offer migration from WordPress.com as part of our free WordPress blog setup service. If you need our assistance, then simply signup. It’s free :)

What are the costs of switching to WordPress.org?

WordPress is free. However, there are some minimal web hosting costs. We recommend that you read this article on: Why is WordPress free? What are the costs and what is the catch?

I already paid WordPress.com, can I get a refund?

Yes, you can. If you recently purchased a custom domain or a paid plan from WordPress.com, then you can ask them for a full refund.

Note: Domain registrations can be canceled within 48 hours of registration. Plans and other purchases can be canceled within 30 days of purchasing.

Will my images break?

No they will not. When you transfer using the import file, all attached images are downloaded and the link is updated. However there is one caveat that we noticed. If your image URL starts with files.wordpress.com, then they will not be converted. If you notice that the image URL has not changed and still points to WordPress.com, then we recommend that you use import external images plugin, and it will take care of that.

I registered my domain through WordPress.com, can I still move?

Yes, you can. WordPress believes in empowering users and giving them full control of their content. If you already have a domain name through WordPress.com, then all you need is a web hosting account. We recommend that you setup with Bluehost or any of these other WordPress hosting providers. During the signup phase, you will be asked do you have a domain or want to register a new one. Simply select the option that I have a domain name, and insert the domain that you registered at WordPress.com. The next thing you would have to do is change the nameservers to point to the hosting provider. We’re able to assist with this as part of our free setups service. You can also ask your web hosting provider for support.

Will my website go down when I switch?

If you do it correctly, then NO. The method we’ve suggested above will ensure that your website never goes down. If you’re worried, then know that we are here to help. You’re welcome to use our free setups service at anytime.

Can I add an online store my WordPress.org website?

Yes, you can easily add an online store in WordPress.org without any additional costs. Since Bluehost and most popular web hosts offer free SSL certificate, you simply need to install a WordPress eCommerce plugin to add an online store.

What are some of the must have WordPress plugins that you recommend?

Now that you have switched to self-hosted WordPress.org, you can install as many plugins as you like.

Here’s our recommended pick:

  • AIOSEO – to improve your website’s SEO rankings (used by 2 million sites).
  • WPForms – to add a smart contact form on your website (used by 4 million sites).
  • SeedProd – to easily customize your landing pages with drag & drop builder – works with all WordPress themes.
  • MonsterInsights – to see how people find and use your website. It’s a must have for bloggers and small business owners.
  • PushEngage – to connect with visitors after they leave your website.
  • UpdraftPlus – to create daily backups of your new website in case of emergency.
  • OptinMonster – to help you get more email subscribers and succeed in your blogging journey.

Aside from these, we also recommend looking at our expert pick of must have WordPress plugins and 40 useful blogging tools to manage and grow your blog.

You can install all of these plugins from inside your WordPress dashboard. We have created a step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

I want to change my site’s WordPress theme, can I do that?

Yes, you can absolutely change your WordPress theme at any time. Another big benefit of switching to WordPress.org is that you get additional customization options and a larger collection of themes to choose from.

In your wp admin sidebar, click on the Appearance Menu dropdown and select Themes to install a theme.

We have hand-picked some of the best themes to help users avoid choice paralysis. See our guide on best free blog themes and best multi-purpose themes for WordPress.

You may also want to see our guide on how to properly change a WordPress theme.

We hope this article helped you properly move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. You may also want to see our checklist of the most important things you need to do after installing WordPress, and our ultimate guide on how to increase your blog traffic.

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  1. I have just claimed a domain name that I haven’t done for quite some time from my Premium wordpress.com plan, will it be a problem to move my whole blog site towards wordpress.org instantly in view of this?

    I noticed a field that says that the domain can only be exported on the 23rd of July, which is 3 months from now. Is the statement related to this action?

    • It would not be a problem, you would mainly be unable to transfer your domain to your new host until the 60 days have passed and during that time you would change your domain’s nameservers to point toward your new hosting provider.

      Admin

  2. Hi, i followed the instruction and when importing the file there’s an error ‘Internal Server Error’ is it because of my file is more than 256MB?

    I have split it using the WXR File splitter. But still got the same error.

    How to fix it? Is my old website in .com will be affected?

    Regards

  3. I’m switching a site from wordpress.com to Bluehost and want to export all my content (pages, posts, etc). I’ve had the .com site for many years, so there’s a lot of content (1000+ pages) to transfer. It only managed to import about half the pages and 1/5 the posts.

    Any advice for a newbie on how to get a full site transfer without running the export/import process a few dozen times? Thank you!

    • Sadly, due to WordPress.com restrictions that would be the only recommendation at the moment.

      Admin

  4. Hi there,
    With you free website transfer service from WordPress.com to WordPress.org – how long does this process take?
    Many thanks

    • We do not have a specific timetable for our transfer service as each site is different in size and content.

      Admin

  5. Hi,
    I want to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. I chose blue host for hosting with the free domain. Does the domain is free for life?
    I want to benefit from your transfer services. Will you contact me after the purchase or how is this happening?

  6. Hello,i want to transfer my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress to org,but i have a questions.I love typing on my phone rather than the laptop,can i use my phone for the migration?

  7. Hi there, I moved my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and my blog posts from 2018 up until now haven’t been uploaded, my posts before that have.
    What can I do?

    • You may need to use the import tool again to ensure the file imported completely and did not time out during the import process.

      Admin

  8. Hello, I started on wordpress.com and trying to switch over to .org Ive had my website for over a year and I have a domain name attached. I need to know how to transfer it over. With bluehost when I select it from the dropdown menu and try to proceed it says “There is already a site at this location. Please select a new one” Since I paid for that domain how do i switch it to my bluehost wordrpess. org?

    • If your domain is pointing toward WordPress.com then you wouldn’t be able to see the new BlueHost site. You would either want to install on BlueHost’s temporary domain or change your domain’s nameservers to point toward BlueHost.

      Admin

  9. Hi there, so I went ahead and purchased a plan from WordPress.com for a new site but I know now I should have used WordPress.Org. I am still in the refund period. If I ask for a refund, I risk loosing the domain name? So now I have to pay for hosting somewhere like at Blue Host & the year I paid for at WordPress.com, what happens next year? Would I have still have to pay WordPress.com to keep that domain name?

    • After 60 days from first purchasing the domain you would have the option to transfer it to your new host for renewal after a year.

      Admin

  10. Hi there, my apologies if this has been addressed already elsewhere… but just wanting to clarify what exactly happens to the domain name when making a switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org if the same domain name is carried over.

    e.g. would something like XYZstyle.wordpress.com then turn into XYZstyle.com?

    Thanks.

    • No, you would need to purchase the domain name you want to transfer the site to, it does not need to be the same domain before the .wordpress.com if you wanted either

      Admin

  11. Hello,

    So I am currently on the Premium plan on wordpress.com and I am using one of the premium themes on my website.
    I’m looking to transfer to wordpress.org. Will that automatically transfer to my wordpress.org or will I have to purchase it separately?

    • You would still need to follow the steps in our guide including purchasing a host and transferring your content, it would not automatically transfer.

      Admin

  12. Hello, I have installed WordPress on Hostgator and according to Hostgator, it has been successfully installed. However, when I log into my WordPress account through the email sent by Hostgator, it takes me directly to my WordPress.com website. I am confused here on what I did wrong. Do you have any idea of what possibly went wrong? Thank you?

    • If your domain is registered on WordPress.com you would need to change your namservers for your new site to appear on your domain.

      Admin

  13. Hello! I have a current blog with wordpress.com but I just signed up with Bluehost to finally start with WordPress.org. The problem is whenever I tried to import my contents using the WordPress Importer, it displayed an Internal server Error 500. Please can you help me with this?

  14. I’ve exported my site and imported into wordpress.org, but the .xml file is showing up in my media library as a .xml_.txt file rather than ‘unpacking’ itself into all my posts, pages, comments, etc. I’ve deleted and re-installed, which didn’t fix it, and double-checked that the file I exported from my original site is in .xml format, which it is, so I’m not sure where I’m going wrong here.

    Any tips?

    • Depending on if you opened the file with a text editor, you may have modified it to add .txt to the end. You may need to check your file settings when saving a document that it isn’t saved with a .txt extension to the end of it.

      Admin

      • Definitely didn’t open it or edit it in any way. I tried to import it straight from my downloads file without making any changes.

        • When selecting the file, you may want to check the file type dropdown to see if it is set to text files. Your operating system may be applying the .txt to the end through there. If possible change the file type dropdown to all file types.

  15. Hello , I have a wrdpress.com free site and want to move to .org but will I lose my followers and readers ? to start afresh once again ? or will I keep my readers ? thank you

    • You would not lose your followers, you would want to check the FAQ for the steps involved in moving those followers over :)

      Admin

  16. I already have a blog with worldpress.com that I already have a premium paid plan and want to move it to Worldpress.org
    My question is will I be refunded back my money that I already paid for the upgrade to premium plan.
    And please I need assistance to move it to world press.org bcs am not so sure if I can move it myself.
    Pls help.

  17. I transferred my WordPress.com to self-hosted a couple of years ago but never did a redirect. I’m still learning about SEO. Since I still have my old site with many of my posts that are on my new site, does that hurt my new site’s SEO to have those duplicate posts? Thank you for your help.

    • It can be considered duplicate content, you can hide the old content by setting your old site to private that way the old site can also be considered a backup or you can do a redirect should you want to ensure all of your followers see the WordPress.org site.

      Admin

  18. I have my WordPress.com I want to transfer to WordPress.org,
    My question is what happen with my email connect Ed with WordPress.com with gsuite . I thought bluehost has free email .

    • You should be able to connect your email back to gsuite or use BlueHost’s email tools depending on your preference.

      Admin

  19. Hi – So if I ask you to do this, and host with BlueHost I pay nothing for the transfer, but obviously pay for Hosting. Will the redirects be automatic?

    • If you have a custom domain, you would change the nameservers or where your domain is hosted and those redirects would be automatic. For your domain with WordPress.com in the url, WordPress.com has a paid tool you are required to use for redirecting those domains.

      Admin

  20. If a site was created originally using WordPress.com and then I want to export and import it to my own hosting, e.g. Bluehost, does this mean I have now switched to WordPress.org and will have all the advantages and functionality of the .org version including being able to add plugins and so on?

  21. Can I use plugins to do the final redirection of my wordpress.com site to my wordpress.org site.
    Such as: redirection or simple 301 redirects?

    • Sadly, WordPress.com has its own service you are required to use instead of a plugin

      Admin

  22. This was helpful. But am having a problem ,j created my site on a WordPress.com and I want to migrate to a wp.org ,I have not subscribe t any plans yet am on a free plan. Do I follow same procedures to migrate or how can I contact a help agent to get it moved ,I really need help . a friend actually redirected me here .

    • This guide would work on the free plan as well as the other levels of WordPress.com plans to move them to a WordPress.org site.

      Admin

  23. I have tried this tutorial and failed. I have an almost blank new WordPress.org site. Can you assist me? How much would it be for you to finish this process?

  24. I signed up with Bluehost and then signed into WordPress.org and then exported my old wordpress.com blog and then imported it into my wordpress.org. Then imported all my other stuff just like this tutorial instructed. But when I click Visit Site, it still takes me to my new blank wordpress site. Please help! I thought I did everything right.

    • If you’re able to log into the WordPress.org site and your imported content is there then you likely have a coming soon plugin active. If the content isn’t there then you may have accidentally imported the content to your WordPress.com site as the most likely reason.

      Admin

  25. My website has an https:// domain name – when putting that into Siteground it doesn’t recognise it, only www. Is this a problem? Do I just ignore that I have https:// and treat it as www?

    • You would want to reach out to SiteGround about that error and they should be able to assist.

      Admin

  26. In step 6 it’s said that a paid upgrade of Site direct is required to complete the process. So, if I am using your free service to convert wp.com to .org, am I obliged to pay that amount? Or your service is completely 100 free?? Please clarify.

    • The cost of the redirect is not included in our free site transfer at the moment.

      Admin

  27. I have been asked to provide XML file of a few articles by a plugin developer in order to check as to why his plugin is not functioning as it should be…..I just want to know is it safe to share XML file to unknown person

    • If the plugin affects the content that they are asking for then creating an XML file should be fine and helpful for them to find the root of your issue.

      Admin

  28. Hello,
    I have a website built on WordPress and a blog at wordpress.com.
    I would like to import my blog into a subdirectory of my website. Is this possible? I don’t see the option of choosing a subdirectory (or /folder) & I don’t want to wipe the existing website.
    Thanks.

    • It would depend on your specific hosting provider, if you reach out to your host they should be able to let you know how to set up a subdomain after which you can install WordPress in that folder the same way the article says :)

      Admin

  29. Hi, I have an existing website setup with WP.org and a blog on WP.com, but I wish to transfer my WP.com blog to blog.mysite.com. I don’t see in the instructions if it’s possible to set a particular subdomain as the target “container” for the transfer. Is this possible?
    (My readers are multilingual so I need to apply the qTranslate plugin to the transferred blog.)

    • Each host has their own method for subdomains, if you reach out to your hosting provider they should be able to let you know the method to set up a subdomain for your site.

      Admin

  30. I have a custom domain stored on GoDaddy that I use for Worpress.com website. I would like to transfer over to .Org and host my site on a Bluehost (Prime Plan so unlimited sites) account I already use for another website. Would I need to transfer the domain I have on GoDaddy over to Bluehost before I export and transfer my site over to Bluehost?

    • It’s not required, you can change either your nameservers or DNS to point to BlueHost without needing to transfer the domain

      Admin

    • You would either want to follow this article or take a look at our service at the bottom of the article :)

      Admin

  31. Hi there! I followed all the steps and hit submit on the import . . . but then what? How do I see and find the posts from my .com site on my .org site? I’m not seeing them anywhere and after I hit “submit” it said something about certain files already existing, but didn’t give me any options beyond that! Thanks!

    • It sounds like your import did not complete. Once you submitted your export file to your site did it have an All Done message at the bottom of the page? If not you would likely need to run the import again as all of your content wouldn’t have been imported.

      Admin

  32. Seeking clarification…I have a custom domain name and blog at WordPress.com . I now have a new domain name that I want to use for a wordpress.org site. Can I transfer all my old content on .com to .org even though it’s a new domain name? If I use blue host do I follow the above steps or is it different since it is a different domain name?

    • Yes, you can transfer your content over, the step you would need to include is you would need to point your domain to BlueHost, otherwise, the setup process should be the same.

      Admin

  33. Please can I move from WordPress. Site to WordPress. Org because my domain name is WordPress. Site not. Com

    • You can transfer your site. When signing up for hosting some hosts offer free domains that you can use rather than the domain with wordpress.com in your url

      Admin

  34. Hi, I just followed your tutorial, and had success while migrating. Only that I have to questions.

    1. Why my site in bluehost has a temporal URL?

    2. How do I log in into the wordpress app with to my .org profile? Because I used the same mail for signing up to bluehost as the one I had in wordpress.com

    • If you originally don’t have your domain pointing toward BlueHost they set up the site on a temporary url for you, if you reach out to them they can help update your URL.
      For the app, once you update your domain you will likely need to recreate your connection for your site for it to work properly

      Admin

  35. I just migrated to from wordpress.com to .org following your instructions. I purchased hosting through bluehost with my “example.com” domain that I bought in wordpress.com.

    My profile in my.bluehost does say that my site is indeed “example.com”, but in reality, when I type that in the url it directs to the old site and not the one I have published through the wordpress.org block editor.

    Why does it happens and how do I fix this?, or is this normal when you just migrated from wordpress.com to .org with a domain that you bought from .com?

    • You would want to point your domain’s nameservers to BlueHost or transfer your domain to BlueHost. For your domain, if you are currently on the temporary address you can normally reach out to BlueHost for them to help with setting your URL to the correct domain.

      Admin

  36. I have a wordpress.com blog but was thinking of just upgrading the domain with godaddy and let it host on wordpress.com free plan,so in coming years if I wanted to transfer to wordpress.org what will be the transfer process.

    • You would need to point your custom domain to your new hosting and the other steps should be the same :)

      Admin

  37. Hi there,
    I’m thinking about migrating my business website from wordpress.com to.org, as the plan is rather expensive for my one person business and the plug ins I need (online appointment and workshop booking)
    If I change to .org, do my plugins change over as well or do I have to buy them again?
    As far as I understood, the only costs related to the website/blog is the hosting on .org, without a plan price?
    (I always thought wordpress.org is only for people who can code themselves)
    Many thanks for clarifying!

    • If you purchased a plugin, you would want to check with the plugin’s support for if you could transfer it to a WordPress.org site, if it is a free plugin you would just need to readd it to your new WordPress.org site.
      You are correct that there is no plan to use WordPress.org other than your hosting purchase.

      Admin

  38. I have a 10 year old wp.com site with nearly 2700 posts and over 10,000 media items covering a period from Dec. 2009 – June 2019.

    The export/import went well EXCEPT it ends with May 2018 – losing about 10% of my site contents. I ran the export/import twice but still have nothing from the past year.

    Suggestions?

    • Is there an All Done message at the end of your export? If not then you could be running into a large file that is causing the import to crash. To test you could try importing the content but not the images.

      Admin

  39. IMPORTANT! I was using wordpress free blog from 9-10 months, and yesterday they suspended my blog. And i researched about it so much , and found out that i can get it back if a switch from free wordpress.com to wordpress.org. so “was” a free blog, will your steps work on it ?

    • If you can access your site’s content you should still be able to use our transfer steps to move your site.

      Admin

  40. Thank you so much for this article. I’ve been scratching my head for so long wondering why I have to pay for a business plan just to be able to code my own theme.

  41. I wasn’t able to import all of my posts into the new paid site. What can I do to correct, please.

    Tanks.

    • If you did not receive an All Done message on the import second screen you could try to import the file again and it will skip the already imported content.

      Admin

  42. I have a question, I have not even set up a website. I just recently bought my domain through WordPress.com, I didn’t even realize there was a WordPress.org until I was researching how to use WordPress.com, I came across a video that had pros and cons of both sites. Well, I definitely would prefer WordPress.org and now I feel trapped, I can’t figure out how to move my domain. I have no content yet and haven’t even picked a hosting plan, I’ve only purchased my domain. I’d prefer my domain not to include WordPress. I am stuck and I’m computer illiterate. Please help! Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • If you purchased a domain without .wordpress.com in the url then you can change the nameservers for the domain to have it point to a new host or even transfer the domain. Depending on where you purchased the domain would decide the steps involved.

      Admin

  43. Thank you for your guide, it is really informative and useful.

    I am planning to use the example2.com domain in my new .org blog. So, is it that I should merely change the dns record in wordpress.com, and then I could completely ignore the 6th step in your guide? Should I purchase the redirect service for my basic domain example1.wordpress.com? Also, should I change the registrant of the domain back to my new host, or I could just leave it in wordpress.com forever?

    • We would normally recommend moving your domain from WordPress.com so you don’t need to pay for the premium plan as well as for renewing your domain. The redirection is to help your users who are viewing your site through the WordPress.com reader so it is personal preference if you would like to set up that redirect.

      Admin

      • Thanks for your reply. Just to reconfirm, is it that I only need to change the DNS record to preserve SEO and I could ignore the 6th step in your guide?

  44. I Knw it is odd…or it is just me….hehe
    Im not getting dat WP Admin option…I think I’ve scewed up …Please Help
    And yes,my wordpress account looks a lot different from all the examples showed in the internet …OR IS IT JUST ME ….UHH Please help !

    • It would depend on what setup method you used, for a starting point if you reach out to your hosting provider they can normally take a look at why you are unable to use wp-admin to see your site.

      Admin

  45. I’ve been thinking a lot to move my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, the information is very good, so I appreciate that. But I have a question: Once I have my blog in .org, Can I access to the “Reader” section?, my post will appear there once I post a new post? Or is this achieved with some type of plugin?
    Thank you SO much

    • When moving to WordPress.org, people who were subscribed to you previously should still see you in their reader but your posts won’t by default be added to the reader due to WordPress.com restrictions.

      Admin

  46. Odd situation about pointing. I took my old blog/site on wordpress.org, I then pointed the domain to a new WIX website and everything was great, but I want to retrieve a few older posts/info/etc. (as WIX does not let you just transfer everything over…not good). Now that the url points to wix, how do I access my old wordpress site pages and such? Due to this whole situation, I am 99% sure I want to switch back to my WP site, is it just as easy as pointing back to my old host? WordPress had registered my domain. Can I just access my old WP site without the domain pointing to it? Thank you so much!

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