A few weeks ago we published a guide on how to successfully move your blog from blogger platform to self hosted WordPress. Today, we’ll guide you how to move your WordPress.com blog to your own WordPress hosting server.
Step 1: Get a hosting account and install WordPress
If you didn’t set a custom domain on WordPress.com, as a first step of the migration, you’ll need to get a hosting account and install WordPress for your new site. We always recommend InMotion as a hosting platform: See why we love InMotion hosting here.
If you did set a custom domain on your WordPress.com blog, install WordPress on a temporary URL on your host and change the DNS settings after the complete migration. As setting temporary URL differs for each host, you will need to look for your hosting company’s tutorial for this.
Step 2: Export content from WordPress.com
Sign into your WordPress.com account. Under Tools menu, click Export. This will take you to a page where you’ll be asked to choose between free transfer or guided transfer. As you are doing it yourself, choose free.
Then select all content and click Download Export File button.
Step 3: Import content into your self-hosted WordPress site
To import the export file into your new host, go to your self-hosted WordPress dashboard. Under Tools menu click Import << WordPress. You’ll be asked to install the Import WordPress plugin. After installing it, activate the plugin and run it. Then, choose the file you want to import and upload the file.
In order to make the permalinks identical, make sure you choose Day and name in Settings>> Permalinks in the WordPress dashboard.
Step 4: Set your WordPress.com blog to private
Step 5: Redirect visitors to your new WordPress site
Unlike Blogger.com, you can’t redirect your blog visitors to your new site for free. You’ll need to pay for the redirection ($13/year). Go to WordPress.com blog’s dashboard. Under Store menu item, choose Site Redirect. This 301 redirection will automatically redirect your site visitors and search engines to your new site.