As you may already know, WordPress is one of the better platforms online today for creating a remarkable-looking website or blog. But one of the mistakes that most professional site owners make is starting out on WordPress.com rather than WordPress.org.
Which One is Works Better?
Although we won’t dive into this too deeply, we would like to share some reasons as to why someone would want to switch from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org site. Here are a few of them:
- WordPress.com URLs are www.sitename.wordpress.com instead of www.sitename.com.
- WordPress.com only offers about 60 themes to choose from.
- Themes cannot be customized on WordPress.com
- There are a limited amount of plugins available on WordPress.com
Overall, running a WordPress.org site is far easier than running one hosted on WordPress.com. With that being said, we are going to spend the next few sections talking about how you can make the switch while keeping all of your files, posts, and data safe.
Step 1 – Purchase a Domain
There are many domain registries to choose rom when purchasing a domain. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll recommend HostGator. Not only are they a reliable company but they also provide little to no downtime in their hosting services.
Step 2 – Sign Up for Hosting
Again, for the sake of this example, we’ll recommend that you use Host Gator as your ideal host provider. They offer a variety of hosting plans, each of which are designed for different sized websites and blogs. After you’ve purchased your domain and hosting package, you’ll be ready to start the transition.
Step 3 C-Panel Setup
With Host Gator, it is quite simple to set up your WordPress account. After logging in to your dashboard, simply click on the icon that reads “Fantastico De Luxe” or one click install. This will allow you to install WordPress within a few minutes. From here, you can go ahead and create your login information for your WordPress dashboard.
Step 4 -Export WordPress.com Content
Go back to your WordPress.com site and click on “Tools”. Next, find the “Export” button then click on it. By doing this, you will automatically save a master file of your site on your computer, which can later be uploaded as we’ll explain shortly.
Step 5 – Import New Content
Visit your newly self-hosted site and import that master file that we spoke about earlier. When doing this, it is important that you click on the option that reads “Bring in all attachments”. Otherwise, the transition may not work. Now you can start customizing your site with different themes and plugins.
If you are having difficulty making the switch to a self-hosted WordPress.org site, feel free to contact us. These are one of the many WP services that we offer, and we’ll be gladly to assist you in the transition.
If you need help with moving your WP website you can use our free setup service.