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



WordPress.com is a great place to start your WordPress website. After a while however you may want to use a custom theme or install some plugins. In this video, we will show you how to properly move your blog form WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

Start by signing up with with a hosting company so you have a place to put your site.

Log in to your WordPress.com site go to Tools, Export and choose export all content and click download export file.

Save the xml file locally and this should be all of your content.

You would then want to follow our tutorial on how to install WordPress below.

With WordPress installed go to Tools, Import pick WordPress from the list

Install and activate the importer and choose your xml file.

During the import you can choose who the files are assigned to and a checkbox to import the images.

If your xml file is larger than 2mb you’ll need to ask your hosting company to increase the limit or split the xml file.

Now your site should be moved mostly but you need some cleanup.

On your old site you’ll want to either set your WordPress.com site to private under Settings, Reading

or use their offsite redirect.

Related Links:

Hosting

http://www.wpbeginner.com/wordpress-hosting/

How to Install WordPress

http://www.wpbeginner.com/how-to-install-wordpress/

XML file splitter

http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-split-large-xml-files-in-wordpress/

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37 Comments

  • Sherif Abuzid on September 30, 2014

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

  • Taylor Content Cr. on October 10, 2014

    Very succinct. We are debating bluehost vs. hostgator and other platforms before we move.

  • Kinga Boros on October 22, 2014

    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

  • Backpacking Bananas on January 18, 2015

    Absolute lifesaver! Thank you!

  • Nick Monino on January 25, 2015

    skipped hella steps this tutorial doesnt work

  • Adam _ on February 23, 2015

    When doing the import it wouldn't remove anything from the original site right?

    Just don't want to delete anything…

  • Trippy Mack on May 26, 2015

    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??

  • Amber Kelly on July 5, 2015

    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.

  • Teresa Jusino on October 25, 2015

    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!

  • Kid Convalescent on January 20, 2016

    If I'm using a domain which i bought from wordpress.com can i still use that domain on wordpress.org?

  • The Secret Dragon on March 18, 2016

    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.

  • Success Instinct on April 11, 2016

    how do i install wordpress.org to my site, i have downloaded the files

  • Gabe Goldiamond on April 30, 2016

    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?

  • TheInside Zone on September 22, 2016

    My site has 8 different authors, will they still be able to upload if I switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?

  • Dawn Tobin on December 9, 2016

    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.

  • Elijah Payne on December 10, 2016

    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.

  • Juan Nova on December 13, 2016

    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.

  • Jr_Manits-Brigade on January 11, 2017

    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?

  • The Urban Get Down on January 13, 2017

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

  • AboveTheChimneys on January 14, 2017

    lol the facebook likes

  • Krishna Modak on January 19, 2017

    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!

  • ちさ on April 23, 2017

    Everytime I try to log in to wp-admin/wp-login it goes to wordpress.com site, like, my old url..

  • Creative Spirits on April 24, 2017

    Is there any chance someone can do the work for us? Not nearly good at this

  • Melissa Lucy on May 17, 2017

    Do we "import" the XML file to our wordpress.org or to our initial wordpress.com account?

  • Kimberly Sanders on September 9, 2017

    You go way too fast!! Im finding another video.  Sorry.

  • buecherkompass on October 5, 2017

    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?

  • Fanci Fantastic on October 8, 2017

    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?

  • Topistry on October 21, 2017

    too fast for a beginner.

  • Krina Kkrriinnaa on November 15, 2017

    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 🙂

  • ATXK on April 17, 2018

    This is not a good explanation of how to migrate your site.

  • Hanma on June 1, 2018

    fantastic!

  • Faizah Cyanide on September 22, 2019

    My images and media are not transferring, when ive exported it has media files separately do I need to upload twice?

  • Nikola Božiček on July 24, 2020

    Thank you 😀

  • Akhil's Media on August 12, 2020

    Can anybody help me

    1. How long it will take to get ad sense etc approval if I shifted to .org

    2. Does shifting from .com to .org affect google ad-sense policies.

    3. What happen to my existing traffic ?

    Currently I am using free wordpress.com site with 200-400 average web traffic per day. I have no monetisation plan as of now since its a free subdomain by wordpress.com

  • Cenap & Sayın on November 11, 2020

    Can I change the wordpress.com site I created to wordpress.org?

  • Timilehin Olaokun on January 4, 2021

    How do I make it so that the followers I have on my WordPress.com site follow me to my WordPress.org site? Are they automatically moved as well? Is there a plugin for that or is it by the site redirector you were talking about?

    Edit: so to make the oldmoiks I have lead to the new site I will need that redirector right?

  • Name Last name on January 11, 2021

    Thank you

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