Most bloggers I know use WordPress to start off their first site. Of course, starting out is always a bit tricky and scary, so most people opt for the wordpress.com option. WordPress.com is free and easy to use. All you need is login information, and you’re basically good to go.

The downside to using wordpress.com is the fact that “wordpress.com” is added to your domain (for example: www.techinheels.wordpress.com). At one point, your blog will start to become successful and maybe you’ll want your own domain. This means transferring your website from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

Before you start a website with your own domain, consider the following tips I give in this blogpost. In short, set up your hosting, your domain and choose a customizable theme. Follow these steps before transferring your blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

Steps to transfer your blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org

  1. After you set up your hosting and domain, log in to your wordpress.com account.
  2. Create a back up. Go to Tools >> Export and choose a free export. You want to download “All Content”. An XML document will be downloaded to your computer. The XML document contains all of your website (blogposts, pages, categories, media etc.).

    import to .org
    Export website

  3. Login to your wordpress.org account by going to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Go to Tools again, but this time choose “Import”. You want to import a WordPress site. Press “Run Importer” and upload the XML document.

choose what to export

XML file is too large

Of course there is a chance your XML document is too large to upload at once (the maximum is 64MB). This means you will have to split up your document. You can do that yourself by making a new XML file for every category (pages, posts, etc.). Or you can use the WXR File Splitter (for Windows) and the WordPress WXR Split Utility (for iOS). Download the programs and follow the steps. When you’re done splitting the files, upload them seperately.

Blogroll on WordPress.com

If you have any links installed on your blog, you will have to transfer these differently. WordPress.org does not have a link module. So you can either skip this and use another blogroll on your site. Or you can import them from your wordpress.com site and follow some additional steps to put them on your wordpress.org site.

To be completely honest, I don’t know how many people still use this feature on their wordpress.com site. I know I never did.

To download your links, go to “http://www.yoursubdomain.wordpress.com/wp-links-opml.php”. Your OPML file (the file that contains the links) will open in the window, which you can then save to your computer.

Login to your website (www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin) and go to plugins. Install and activate the “Link Manager” plugin. After you have successfully installed the plugin, you will notice you see “Links” in your dashboard menu.

Go back to Tools >> Import, but this time, choose Blogroll. You can then upload your OPML file that you just saved on your computer.

Happy blogging! You know where to find me for questions.

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Co-founder of TechGirl.com. Owner of Tech in Heels. Online communication specialist, a coder in the making & tech influencer. Loves anything pink. Instagram addicted. Purple hair, don't care!

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