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

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


Hey there and thanks for watching WPBeginner.
Today you’ll learn how to properly move your blog from WordPress.com to your own WordPress.org site. You’ve probably been using WordPress.com for
your website for a while and are now you are ready to move on beyond some of the constraints that
WordPress.com has. Maybe you want to install certain plugins for your site or customize
your themes. Bottom line is you’re ready to take full control of your website and start
monetizing in different ways. The best way to be in full control is to create
a site with a self hosted WordPress.org setup. To move your site you’ll want to a custom
domain name and a good hosting platform that knows WordPress. we recommend BlueHost for
that. So step one, you’ll want to log into your WordPress.com
site go to tools export and choose export all content then click download export file. you can save the .xml file locally and this
should be all the blog posts and pages for your site. step two you’ll want to setup WordPress on
your new hosting platform, you can follow our step by step tutorial from our site. For step three after we have our new WordPress
site installed we’ll want to import the .xml file by going to tools–>import pick WordPress
from the list. It is going to ask to install the WordPress importer plugin, we’ll install and
activate and then choose file, upload the xml file. when you import files, you have the option
to assign the files to a different user. You can also make sure that you check this box
so your images are imported as well. note that if your xml file is larger than 2MB,
then you’ll need to either ask your hosting company to increase that limit temporarily
or you can get the WordPress WXR file splitter to break the file into smaller files to import. now you essentially have your site moved,
but we need to clean up some things still. On your old WordPress.com site, you’ll want
to either set your site to private by going to settings–>reading and click I would like to set my site to private. Or if you have a lot of readers or traffic from search engines, then you might want to consider using their offsite redirect. Go to store and you should
see Offsite Redirect. Just add your domain and click enable redirect. You’ll be charged
$13 a year, but if you have a lot of traffic and readers, this is a no brainer for you to do Now your new site is ready to add plugins and custom themes to it to make it even more awesome. I hope you liked this video and found it helpful. If you did, click on the like button below and leave us a comment. And if you want to receive more helpful videos don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and check out WPBeginner for more useful information on WordPress.

36 thoughts on “How to Properly Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

  1. I can not received daily updates on my email about these tutorials although I have updated my subscription tutorials. Please check this for me. 

  2. hey, I`ve done all the steps..but when I want to import the file..it is still showing the dashboard from the old one..(wordpress.com) what can I do? thanx

  3. I need help for some reason I still can't switch from com to org I already have a domain name with wordpress but I don't have the plugins options….do I have to create a brand new domain name and host for my site??

  4. On 1:18, it doesn't ask me to install the wordpress installer plugin. It just takes me to the import file page but won't let me choose the wordpress file as a whole. Just certain parts of it.

  5. Thanks so much for this video! 🙂 It was the clearest tutorial on the subject I've found. I thank you, and my blog thanks you!

  6. when importing I got the below message but I've had no email off wordpress to tell me it's done. Is there any other way to tell if it's been imported?

    Processing…
    We're processing your import now and will send you an email when it's all done. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, please contact support, and we'll get everything fixed.

  7. Hmm. I'm not seeing the 'Tools' menu on my site. This is a 2014 video, I understand. How would I navigate for the 2016 version?

  8. Hi I have a WordPress.com and web host @cheap domain.com. I sincerely am not in the know how of these technicalities, and hope you can do it for me. how do I get a wp.org and have all my followers and blog posts, pics saved for the wp.org. Please help me. Thanks a lot.

  9. I have blue host and WordPress installed on it, I did everything, except when I clicked import, it had a "run importer" link underneath plain text for each category. And whenever I did that, i followed the rest of the steps and it didn't work. I repeated this entire tutorial about 7 times and it still is not working.

  10. Thank you for the video. If I do export/import files and do not set to private or redirect will the old and new website be operational but just on their different domains? Thanks.

  11. When I went to Export, it didn't give me any options to move to a wordpress.org site. It just asked what content i want to export. Does it matter what kind of plan you have?

  12. what happens if I already have a domain name with wp.com? Does it transfer over to wp.org even with bluehost?

  13. I have blue host and through blue host I've installed Word Press to my custom domain that I had on wordpress.com. How do I access the wordpress.org version of the admin? I've changed the custom server names to redirect to blue host and I've followed your steps above. I also canceled my plan with WordPress.com because I didn't see why I would have to pay $100 a year to them and blue host. Please help!

  14. Thank you for your video, but I have one question left: How can I move my site from WordPress.com to WordPress.org if I have my domain hosted with WordPress.com instead of an external host?

  15. I have go daddy and wordpress on it can i still change from wordpress.com to wordpress.org? and will it keep my theme name, posts and pictures?

  16. Hi! I am WPBeginner follower and I am very happy with your useful content. I have Bluehost and a blog through them that is in construction. Today I found out the difference between WP dot com and dot org, and definitely I want to move to dot org. I have a free theme and could’t do much on site-blog because there are no font-color-design options. I want to stay on the free side until I’ll understand more and know what to do with the payment plans. Please do you have any advice for me? All the best 🙂

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