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How to Transfer a WordPress.com site to a Self Hosted Domain

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In this session a member asks how to transfer a wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted domain. There are four steps to this process. First is to install WordPress on your new domain, second is to install Thesis, third is to export your site in an XML file and finally, go to your fresh WordPress install site and then import the XML file.

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Okay so now back to non code related questions. We’re going to start off with Gary. Gary, do you have a working microphone this week? Going to give you just a second here… now that I said all that, I seem to remember that the last time, you didn’t have a microphone that worked. Okay so I’m just going to assume that you don’t.

And so Gary asked how to transfer a WordPress.com blog to a new registered domain on Bluehost and activate the Thesis theme on it. so what you have here is essentially it is 3 steps…no, 4 steps. Stp 1 is to install WordPress on your new you know, Bluehost domain and you probably knows how to do that. But if you don’t know how to do that, the first… what is it? If we go over to beginner tutorials, I think it’s probably Lesson 3 in the Start Building Your Website Here series. Yeah, Lesson 3 shows you how to install WordPress on your Bluehost domain so you’d do that. Install WordPress and then you would do Lesson… what is it? Lesson 5 which is How To Install Thesis and it seems like you and I have done this before on one of your sites. So there’s probably even a live question and answer on this about how to set up Thesis on a add on domain or a subdomain. I think that was what it was.

So if you search for how to install Thesis, you’ll probably find the last time I answered this question for you. And so once you’ve got WordPress and Thesis up and running then you need to go to your WordPress.com blog. I’m on my WordPress.com site and from your dashboard, you need to export. So if we go to my dashboard, actually pardon me. Go to my blog, I’m sorry, not the global dashboard. I forgot about that they had that. But you go to your blog dashboard and scroll down here to tools and export.

And then you have 2 choices. The first choice is to export it yourself and the 2nd choice is if you want to spend $120 you can pay these guys to do it for you and help you get it done. Now, I don’t know. It’s quite easy to do though.

So once you’ve decided you’re not going to do $120 then you hit export and you have to decide you know, what the start date and end dates are the which authors and which categories, which content types and which statuses you want to export. You might as well export everything and then you just hit this download export file. And what it does its it creates an XML file which downloads directly to your computer which is what’s happening right now. And you can see that the name of this thing is WordPress… in my case, 2011-8-18.xml and that’s because it’s August 11th or August 18th 2011 so that’s what that name represents.

And once you have that there then you come back over to your WordPress site. Let’s see, am I logged into any of these things? I guess I’m not. Let’s just pretend this is a fresh WordPress install for the moment. Oh yeah, okay so if you’re on a fresh install of WordPress, what you do then is come down here back down to Tools and instead of export, you select import. And then you have this range of choices here.

Now you want to choose it from WordPress and this will work from WordPress.org or WordPress.com site. So we just go ahead and install this importer and install the importer and run the importer. And you come choose the file and look where it was… look where that file had been originally downloaded. Mine was under Downloads and then it’s wordpress.xml, I believe. So W XML, here we go. And so this is the one right here, WordPress2011-08-18.xml. You just select that, say open and it imports all that stuff. Now I’m not going to import it because I don’t want that in this file. But once it’s completed, it will tell you that it has been completed and the stuff imported correctly. And at that point, you will have all of your… the original WordPress blog content, the WordPress.com blog content installed on your self-hosted WordPress site. So it’s actually quite easy.

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