Many people who are new to building a website usually use wordpress.com, but in the future, when they see that wordpress.com is a limited service just like blogger, they want to move their site to wordpress.org.
If you are one of them, by following this guide, you can make your site richer by moving your site on wordpress.com to the wordpress.org infrastructure, and you can gain full ownership on your site.
WordPress.org has many advantages over wordpress.com. So much so that many popular websites, including eniyihosting.net, use the wordpress.org infrastructure.
To move your site to wordpress.org, you must first get hosting and domain (domain name) from a web hosting provider and install wordpress.
wordpress.org is a downloadable software, but most of the time you can install it automatically from the hosting control panel without having to download it.
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As the first step, let’s download the data of the site on wordpress.com to transfer it to the hostable wordpress, that is, the wordpress.org infrastructure in our hosting account.
To do this, log in to your wordpress.com account and click on the “Tools >> Export” menu from the left column.
Right after that, click the “Export All” button and download your site data by clicking the “Download” link given in the notification message.
In addition, the download link of this file will be sent to your e-mail address.
If you bought hosting and domain and installed wordpress, now let’s transfer the downloaded wordpress.com site data to our new infrastructure.
After logging into the WordPress admin panel (siteaddress.com/wp-admin/), click on the “Tools >> Import” menu from the left column and find WordPress on the page and click on the “Install now” link.
“Importer installed successfully. Run the relay.” you will receive the message. Click the “Run relay” link in the message to run the relay and continue.
Unzip the .zip file you downloaded to the folder with the help of WinRAR program and find and select the XML file on the WordPress import page.
After selecting the file, click the “Upload and import file” button.
In this step you need to create a new author or assign an author. Also, don’t forget to check the Download and import file attachments option.
If everything is ok, you can complete the import process by clicking the “Confirm” button.
We recommend that you redirect your old site to your new site in order to avoid loss of rank and traffic in search engines.
In the last step, we will ensure that users who click on your old links will view your content directly with your new address and new infrastructure.
Log in to your wordpress.com account for redirection and then go to the “Settings >> General” page from the left column.
Click the “redirect” link under the site address on the general settings page.
In the next step, type the address you want to forward, that is, your new address and click the “Go” button.
Only wordpress.com currently charges 71.50 TL per year for this process.
And finally, choose your billing information, payment method for the order and complete the transaction.
Now your wordpress.com site will be literally moved to the wordpress.org infrastructure. You can continue to publish content on your site after you complete other arrangements and settings such as theme, design, etc. on your new site.
The content will be published entirely on the new site, but do not delete your old site as it is a redirect process.