WordPress.com to WordPress.org [Migration]

Posted October 7th, 2009 in Site Updates and tagged , , , by John Coppedge

I haven’t been posting as frequently lately, and with good reason:  I’ve been busy.  Work has picked up with new projects (including some interesting SF.com work), I’ve had a ton of stuff going on in the offline world, and I’ve been studying.  I’ve been preparing for the developer, consultant, and advanced administrator exams.  Stay tuned, you can expect some materials in the not too distant future.

Migrating from WordPress.com to a self-hosted solution was surprisingly easy.  I purchased the domain previously through a provider, the process is likely more complicated if you purchased a domain directly through WordPress.

  1. Add a hosting package to your domain (usually 5-10$/mo).
  2. Export your WordPress.com blog.
  3. Change nameservers on the domain to your web host.
  4. Install WordPress on your web host.
  5. Import the file created in step #2 into your newly hosted blog.

I set up a hosts file entry on my local pc so that I could access and configure the site completely before the nameserver changes made the site live to the rest of the world.

That’s it for now!  Cheers,


[one quick edit: make sure to edit your permalinks after you install WordPress to match the style used on WordPress.com]