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How to Easily Move Your Blog from to

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Do you want to move your blog from to

Many beginners start with but soon realize its limitations and want to switch to the self-hosted platform.

In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to properly move your blog from to

Moving to

Why Move From to allows anyone to start a blog by creating an account.

However, beginners soon realize that there are a lot of limitations on their free blog, like the limited ability to monetize, can’t install plugins, third-party ads displayed to your users, and more.

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

To understand the differences between the two platforms, see our complete comparison of vs.

We recommend using because it gives you complete ownership of your website and the 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 look at how to migrate your blog from to properly.

Things You Need Before You Start

To start with self-hosted, 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 huge discount on web hosting. You can get started for $1.99 / month (and this also includes free SSL).

You’ll still need web hosting if your WordPress site has a custom domain name. Go ahead and sign up with Bluehost, and under the domain step, add your blog domain.

In the later steps, we will show you how to keep the same domain while transferring from to without losing search rankings.

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

Bonus Free Offer: Since many of you asked for this, we are now offering a free migration service from to 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 to without any risk.

However, if you like learning and doing things yourself, you can follow our step-by-step tutorial below.

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Step 1: Exporting Data From

First, you need to sign in to your 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.

Export all content from

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. will also email the link to your email address.

Downloading export file

Once you have downloaded the file to your computer, you need to unzip it.

Inside it, you’ll find an XML file with all 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 data, setting up a fresh WordPress install on your web hosting is next.

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 choose 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 a Self-Hosted WordPress Site

To import your old site content to your new site, you will need to log in 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, click on the ‘Run importer’ link to continue.

Run importer

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

Click on the ‘Choose File’ button to select the file, and then click on the ‘Upload file and import’ button.

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 can assign imported content to an existing user or create a new user.

You’ll also have the option to import file attachments. You must check this box so your image files are correctly imported.

Import options

Step 4: Importing Your Blogroll Links

If you have been using the Links feature on your 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 the 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 links have an OPML file located at an address like this:

Replace the example with your blog’s subdomain.

If you are using a custom domain with your website, then your OPML file can be accessed by visiting a URL like this:

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 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 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 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 the ‘Run Importer’ link below the Blogroll importer.

Blogroll importer

On the Blogroll importer page, you need to upload the OPML file you saved earlier.

Click on the ‘Choose File’ button to select the file, and then click on the ‘Import OPML File’ button to continue.

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 Blog to Private

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

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

Set WordPress,.com blog to Private

From here, you need to select the ‘Private’ option and then click on the ‘Save settings’ button.

This will make your old 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 by 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 place to another.

Since you don’t have access to the .htaccess file on, you cannot make any changes to retain search engine rankings.

However, offers a paid upgrade feature called ‘Site Redirect’, which provides this functionality.

Simply go to the Site Redirect page. If you have multiple sites on, you will be asked which one you would like to redirect.

Select blog to redirect

On the next screen, you will be asked to provide the domain name where you want visitors to be redirected. Enter your new 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 blog’s visitors and search engines to your new site.

Purchase site redirect from to

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, two 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, those links must be updated. You can use our article on how to update URLs when moving your WordPress site.

If you have a custom domain on, 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. We’ve answered a lot of them via email or in comments, so we thought it would be nice to compile the popular ones in one place where everyone can see them.

What happens with my Subscribers?

Thankfully, 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

Once you install and activate the Jetpack plugin, you will need to contact the team and ask them to migrate the subscribers for you. We hope 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 to for FREE?

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

What are the costs of switching to

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 Can I get a refund?

Yes, you can. If you recently purchased a custom domain or a paid plan from, 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, then they will not be converted. If you notice that the image URL has not changed and still points to, we recommend that you use the import external images plugin, which will take care of that.

I registered my domain through Can I still move?

Yes, you can. WordPress believes in empowering users and giving them complete control of their content. If you already have a domain name through, then all you need is a web hosting account.

We recommend that you set up with Bluehost or any of these other WordPress hosting providers. During the signup phase, you will be asked if you have a domain or want to register a new one.

Simply select the option ‘I have a domain name’, and insert the domain you registered at

The next thing you will have to do is change the nameservers to point to the hosting provider. We can assist with this as part of our free setup 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 are worried, then know that we are here to help. You are welcome to use our free setup service at any time.

Can I add an online store to my website?

Yes, you can easily add an online store to your self-hosted website without any additional costs. Since Bluehost and other popular web hosts offer free SSL certificates, 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, you can install as many plugins as you like.

Here’s our recommended pick:

  • AIOSEO – to improve your website’s SEO rankings (used by 3 million sites).
  • WPForms – to add a smart contact form on your website (used by 6 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.
  • Duplicator – 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 the must have WordPress plugins and 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 change your WordPress theme at any time. Another big benefit of switching to is that you get additional customization options and a larger collection of themes to choose from.

In your WordPress 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 the 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 to 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 increasing your blog traffic.

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  2. Ian says

    I have just claimed a domain name that I haven’t done for quite some time from my Premium plan, will it be a problem to move my whole blog site towards 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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  3. Daniel Nelison says

    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?


  4. Geoffrey says

    I’m switching a site from 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!

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  5. Letitia says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  6. Diana says

    I want to move from to 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?

  7. Rahab says

    Hello,i want to transfer my blog from 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?

  8. Lindsay says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  9. JS says

    Hello, I started on 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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If your domain is pointing toward 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.


  10. C.S. says

    Hi there, so I went ahead and purchased a plan from 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, what happens next year? Would I have still have to pay to keep that domain name?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  11. Tim says

    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 to if the same domain name is carried over.

    e.g. would something like then turn into


    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 if you wanted either


  12. Yajushi says


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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  13. Sylande says

    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 website. I am confused here on what I did wrong. Do you have any idea of what possibly went wrong? Thank you?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  14. Misskhae Santiago says

    Hello! I have a current blog with but I just signed up with Bluehost to finally start with 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?

  15. Laura says

    I’ve exported my site and imported into, 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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


      • Laura says

        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.

        • WPBeginner Support says

          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.

  16. Salma says

    Hello , I have a 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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  17. Amos Sunday says

    I already have a blog with that I already have a premium paid plan and want to move it to
    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 bcs am not so sure if I can move it myself.
    Pls help.

  18. Lauren says

    I transferred my 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.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 site.


  19. Jojo Bejo says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  20. Ali says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 in the url, has a paid tool you are required to use for redirecting those domains.


  21. Julius says

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

  22. lenz says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Sadly, has its own service you are required to use instead of a plugin


  23. Udo Chris says

    This was helpful. But am having a problem ,j created my site on a and I want to migrate to a ,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 .

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  24. Catriona says

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

  25. Jason says

    I signed up with Bluehost and then signed into and then exported my old blog and then imported it into my 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.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you’re able to log into the 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 site as the most likely reason.


  26. Samantha says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  27. Sisira says

    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 to .org, am I obliged to pay that amount? Or your service is completely 100 free?? Please clarify.

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  28. Amar says

    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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  29. GeorgeS says

    I have a website built on WordPress and a blog at
    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.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 :)


  30. GeorgeS says

    Hi, I have an existing website setup with and a blog on, but I wish to transfer my blog to 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.)

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  31. TJ says

    I have a custom domain stored on GoDaddy that I use for 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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  32. audrey says

    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!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  33. Julianne Jackson says

    Seeking clarification…I have a custom domain name and blog at . I now have a new domain name that I want to use for a 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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  34. Pala says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  35. Carlos says

    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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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


  36. Carlos says

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

    My profile in my.bluehost does say that my site is indeed “”, 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 block editor.

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  37. Saurabh says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  38. Katrin says

    Hi there,
    I’m thinking about migrating my business website from, 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 is only for people who can code themselves)
    Many thanks for clarifying!

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  39. Ed says

    I have a 10 year old 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.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  40. Sahebaaz says

    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 to so “was” a free blog, will your steps work on it ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  41. Brittany says

    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.

  42. marilene magtibay says

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


    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  43. Misty B says

    I have a question, I have not even set up a website. I just recently bought my domain through, I didn’t even realize there was a until I was researching how to use, I came across a video that had pros and cons of both sites. Well, I definitely would prefer 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!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you purchased a domain without 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.


  44. Jason says

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

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We would normally recommend moving your domain from 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 reader so it is personal preference if you would like to set up that redirect.


      • Jason says

        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?

  45. leah says

    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 !

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  46. Sofia Leguiza says

    I’ve been thinking a lot to move my blog from to, 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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      When moving to, 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 restrictions.


  47. Erin M says

    Odd situation about pointing. I took my old blog/site on, 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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