Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
Lots of people start blogging at WordPress.com. WordPress.com is easy to use, you can get started quickly and it’s free. Other benefits include the built-in community that exposes your blog to millions of potential readers and a technical benefit is that WordPress.com is robust and reliable. Your blog there will probably never go down. If it goes down, there are some major problems going on and you can rest assured that someone is working on it, double-time.
But then there is WordPress.org the Open Source version. This is the WordPress that you can install on your own server or on a hosting account that you buy from a hosting provider. Hosting your own WordPress website comes with its own list of benefits. More control, no restrictions and the ability to do pretty much whatever you want with your blog or website. This is the best choice for many people that want more control than WordPress.com allows.
So what happens if you start out in WordPress.com and then later you want to move to WordPress.org? Moving is relatively easy. You’ll need to get a domain from a company like Godaddy or another Registar. You’ll also need to obtain a hosting account or hosting service. I recommend Hostgator.
Once you have a hosting account and your new domain, then you can move over your WordPress.com blog into your new hosting account and start showing your website under your own domain. In this video I show you the mechanics of exporting your blogposts from WordPress.com and then importing them into a brand new installation of WordPress.org in a standard shared hosting account.