Migrate WordPress.com to WordPress.org – From Hosted to Self-Hosted Blog
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Migrate WordPress.com to WordPress.org – From Hosted to Self-Hosted Blog

(Closed Captioning by Oscarstech)
www.oscarstech.com Hi guys, this is Oscar, @notagrouch on
Twitter. I’m going to show you really quick how
to transfer your websites from wordpress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog that lives in your own hosting where you have full control over all of the content all the plugins and themes without any of
the restrictions by WordPress.com Tt’s rather simple so I’m not going to stop in every location to tell you what I’m
doing but on the left hand side here we have
access to our host account. This is the new account where
you’re going to install the “new” website Or the “migraged” website. on the right hand side we have the “old”
website. And i’ll show quickly in this case
we’re transferring SurfCityFamily.wordpress.com this is a local website for huntington
beach and they have decided to step up their
game and move into a self-hosted WordPress website. The way to do that,
is that you’re going to go to your dashboard Once your in your dashboard, you can go to tools, and then find the “export” link that’s what we are right now. And you’re going to select the first
option, the one that says create an XML, containting your posts, comments
and all that stuff. You’re going to select export. This is a very simple process because
the site guides you through it. then it most likely you are going to
select the all content option. Once you click this, then you click on download export file; however
this is a special case for this. and we’re actually going to pick specific blogposts that we want we want
we don’t want to bring everything over. There’s over two hundred fifty posts in here
I think. But a lot of them, the owner doesn’t want to
transfer over, so we’re going to leave them here. So we’re only going to transfer that particular
set of blog-posts. Prior to this uh… would categorize all
the book was we wanted into one category so that we could find and step and show you how that works supporting all contact with the book notices struck down options come in and here you can sleep look at what you
want to export or authors or empty range or where their uh… because this because even expert haven’t published
schedule their pending in court defender other different status is in this case we know that we made a new category and we made a categorical export s s s and you can see this because debate on
the screen track to mexico better but categories dependent bottom this category recall export which is to create a category critical
is that we want him back at work and with the pandemics for fun now is that crime automatically starts
downloading it est super quick download and it’s right i know that this is now available now we’re going to go into our coast and
sort press simply go and find the workers button very easy to do click on that wait a minute ish k once it comes up you can do insulation script which is right here in
this case we recently coast not my favorite books but it’s very
critical cinema put them in stock becky sue different options what version
of workers do you want you always want to install the latest version unless for some particular reason you need to
install under repression generally you don’t do that for most cases stick to that their
latest first built then you’re going to take the demanding
in this case asserts his family dot com we are going to oddly sets the tone dot com with the two we’ll and family pictures as it is n_p_f_ options if you want to consider
them for sap which is what you can change
uh… administrator username password so that you get to pick your own indices we are gonna change because
we’re going to get it out uh… diesel admin password uh… as a
general rule of thumb for security or change the gym for their nature count from patent
something out so much love to a ended beginning grant entity with change it to just for security purposes annex that
you’ll see will be uh… this option dot except freeze a video for a minute i decided to just blot that area with a
smile asrar and you can now see that there’s fewer
options i’ve personally don’t like to leads his options checked they’re not really useful for me or for
my clients in this case so i don’t check this through boxes that were there and constant reform which means uh…
you’re going to agree to the terms and uh… agreements with incomplete and this will install your workers website at that domain in the meantime iron point copy the pastor that you know it was black handy last fast plugin once you see that this is installed you
can actually go to the website try to login make sure that it works it looks like everything’s working so
switch it up under the home page we have the default
workers being ready to go hello wrote was waiting for its outside yet another step noticed mexicans to bring the expert a bit
earlier on searches family dot wordpress dot com respuesta one firing support find it and it’s right here creeks and that we have a to protect aside for a minute in work referee here unit of the tools
section antha commit import button now you need to be a tension here
because workers has not come with a built-in importer you have to sell it i
suppose torches with an import now is that yet several options here one of the
options as one chris but what’s going on what was your
actually prompted to install the workers importer uh… but so no go ahead and saw that activated and run the plugins once you get to this point you can choose to file at least looked it over here and if you are reminded matriz and you can’t trick recently gravis but over here atticus is right worried x a week but open now we have the final grade here waiting
for us to uploader thus far at import i’m a first show you that archos are completely empty america
little world poses with here through everything jump here when did the same thing for patients and there’s a simple fish which word
point trash and of course closes down rebecca importer andriessen without reading it’s waiting for us and simply upstate
up without and import and see how that goes i will be prompted to make some choices
for example to i want to import mixes ecstasy author or do we want to assign it to our administrator if he had other off if you could create
a minute nasa select out to be a destination or they ought to do which sarcos be
excited in this case we actually wanted to
printed authors that were part of the blog bookmarks e_t_ and timothy taylor so weary simply going to led into this thing import author watch
too the don’t want that that’s when you can
either create a new author or select max is someone but because we want defoe’s
rubina leader untouched billing option that you have is too
demanding for the file attachments to get pictures p_s_ or movies are attached to the workers the original box and i know that it is it it looks up always pictures and more pictures and
things like this will be brought over automatically if
you use the devonport file attachment so they put the map did submit now this is going to rent a room if you have a lot of post may take a few
minutes if you don’t have a few coz he should be
fairly quickly if you know his i hadn’t finished ocm
when detectives so let’s take a look at what happened but all of those we now have a lot of poster about forty sixth items you can see that
by the cap record if we go to the home page you can see that they are there is more or less wednesday downtown
sioux city nightstand here you go assistant goes from here and we have comments so that it’s a common slit even dated that images from a so pictures are there and used restaurant to go who decide to install a team consider
workers that we want to work but notice we have all the categories all the dates comments recent close and of course you can imagine sea the
coast caller this is how uh… you were able to
export workers dot com important in your own self hosted
wordpress and then customize your installation two give whatever experience is watching you get any questions please
let me know says to you you have any questions about how to do
something more chris asme that divergent winner orkut boasting where dot growth slash pass if you have a great day


  • Oscar Gonzalez

    As of right now, I don't think you can get wordads on a self-hosted wordpress installation. There is no easy way to bring your subscribers over. The best way is to announce in your wordpress com account that you have moved and invite them to subscribe to your new site.

  • Sarah Carrero

    I feel like an idiot. I know HTML and CSS pretty well (self taught) and this PHP stuff is killing me! I have a WP com site (maxamom) and I want to do plug ins for slideshows and also event calendars. Please advise and take my eternal gratitude.

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    Hi Sarah, you are rather limited on WordPress. You can technically upgrade to the custom version of wordpress com that will let you add javascript but even then you'll be limited. The best thing is to move to wordpress org as I mention on the video. — I do these transfers daily for free. If you're interested, contact me. Or if you have more questions, contact me from my website or twitter

  • PinupgalsProject Michele Hallak

    Thanks for this great video Oscar! What host do you recommend? I want to move my blog from wp.com to org but my registered domain is with .com which expires soon, can I move my registered domain to .org? Please can you advise ~ many thanks!

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    Hi, I can do this whole process for you with my recommended host. Check out my site in the description – or the hosts I would recommend are inmotion hosting and hostgator.

  • Luki Dujmovic Zakaria

    when is it beneficial to move to …org ? what is good about self-hosted blog?
    I am newbie, expecting from my WP blog only to make my vacation rental work…
    these days I will move my domains from my friends account to my own account within Hostgator – any problems expected in this?

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    No, the move should be okay. You will need to follow my video and maybe get help from Hostgator. — But I can also do the move for you if you visit the link on my description.

    With dot org, you get more control, more themes, more plugins, and you can do whtever you want. Advertise, or sell or whatever.

  • Luki Dujmovic Zakaria

    I read that with WP.org your blog belongs to them… if they erase something all your work is gone – am I wrongly informed?

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    Yes, you are wrongly confirmed. With wordpress com, your content is in *their* servers and technically they have control over it. With wordpress org, you have control over it and you own it.

  • Rahul Naag

    Hi Oscar, thanks for sharing this information. But I have a different question, I already have a website techosolutions[.]com which already live and hosted with godaddy, and I also have a blog i.e. techosolutions[.]wordpress[.]com. And now I want to map techosolutions[.]com with my wordpress blog. So is can you please tell me that how can I do it.


  • Tace Flavius

    This is very nice tutorial. I have a problem migrating,though. I have already mapped my domain to my worpdress.com website. can i transfer that to ? thanks in advance

  • Jelena Z

    Thank you for this very informative video. My question is will there be any extra costs besides the monthly price for hosting plus the price fore the domain registraison, so will there be costs for the migration itself since you move a lot of content on the new side?

  • Crow

    Sound on beginning of this vid woke up my pet crow. Subtitles were hilarious to read (Beckey Sue, change the gym? lolol) but thanks for vid bro. Didn't even know I could do this.

  • Tom Nardone

    Hey great video, Question  is i noticed that when you did the migration that the black bar at the top of the page no longer had the follow button that makes it easier for .com users to follow. Also will i still show up on the wordpress.com blog feed? if so will it be different

  • Kate Warman

    Hi, I am following everything you do but when I try and login with the new username and password they don't work. Instead my old user name and password work and I get taken to my old site. Is there any advice you can give me for this?

  • elaine l

    I will probably seek your services to help transfer my .com to .org for me! But quick question, on WordPress.org, am I able to install google ads, and other ad codes? Pretty much free to do whatever to the site, but with the help of using a WordPress.org dashboard? I am very new to this, so any info is appreciated!

  • Norm Lihaven

    Terrific video Oscar!  I wish I had found this one day ago … it would have saved me a couple of hours of frustration … but it did provide a great review of what I finally figured out.  I'll check out more of your videos.

  • Zaychishka Z

    Nice video, which hosting sites do you recommend?
    Since it looks like blue host is not a favourite…and word press does try to recommend it.

  • Shiren Rattigan

    Thank you so much for the video. You have awesome presentation skills.  I am new at blogging. Besides music and audio what are the advantages of having plug ins? Does this mean I can find advertisers for my blog? Thank you so much. Still catching up to technology.

  • Tara Geisel

    Hi Oscar, I'm new to blogging and I have everything on WordPress.com.  I want to transfer so I can place google AdSense. You're video looks easy enough to follow but I really don't know what the page on the left is?  Sorry if this is a simple question.  Can you help me out on this?

  • Daniel Santos

    I bought a domain on wordpress.com (www.**.com).If I transfer to wordpress.org what happens to my old domain? 

  • Charné Ferreira

    This is a really helpful video!! You're awesome. I feel more comfortable starting with a WordPress.com (free) site and moving over to WordPress.org (hosted) if I feel like it's growing in popularity. I wasn't sure if it could be done.

  • mdillondesigns09

    Thank you @Oscar Gonzalez so much for posting this. I have been scared to move forward on switching my site for fear that I'd miss a critical step or lose content. Going to watch this 3 times then try it. 🙂 Do you have a tutorial on the steps prior toward self-hosting that occur prior to the migration?

  • JohnsonsBooksOn/Offline

    Hi Oscar, This was an easy Task, you were very precise with the topic of your Video; thumbs up..
    I now realize that i can't see my Followers or people I follow;
    Is their a way to import my Followers/followed to org.?, or do i have to Email each individual a request to add me again..

  • Johnson Major

    Thank you, for replying, your info is appreciated, especially with Several attempts to find an answer on you tube, with fail..
    I will look further more into Jetpack, as i believe i have not set it up properly.
    Thank you Oscar, i'l keep you posted.. 
    Take care..

  • Sincerely Laura Leigh

    Hello, I followed all your steps up until signing into my new wordpress account. When I try to enter the new credentials that bluhost gave me it says my password is incorrect. I have tried re-installing wordpress on bluehost with a different password and It did not make a difference. Does having my same domain name make a difference? It will only let me log in into my old domain

  • Shaer Ahmed

    This should come in handy when i'm ready, adding it to playlist.

    but for now, can someone tell me the software used to capture the screen? how did you zoom and pan around the video, place your own video and moved it and drag around the whole desktop (when showing the bottom most thing in the list and at the end)?

    thanks in advance 🙂

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    This video has been very well received. It helps you move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

    I also just included it in my new guide to help you get a blog started. You can check it out here: http://howtoblogtutorials.com/

  • Jennifer Bachdim

    Hey there, thank you for your video. I try to move my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org but it won't work and I follow your steps but it just won't work .. arrrgh !

    I'm registered at bluehost and did the same thing like you did, but if I log in to wordpress (min 6:06) I will get the same dashboard like before, without plugins and just everything is the same like before. How come? Can you help me out? Do you maybe know what I'm doing wrong? Thanks so much already for your help. Jennifer

  • Ms Mistry

    Hi Oscar. Thanks for this video however I am having issues. I've installed WordPress onto Bluehost however whenever I try and log in as admin, it takes me straight to my wordpress.com dashboard. What am I doing wrong? I've contacted Bluehost and they said that maybe the DNS nameservers were still configuring. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Jason Dulay

    Hey Oscar, I'm teaching a class on how to create a WordPress site. Can I include this YouTube video with a link back to your realfreewebsite.com site?

  • Khushbu Jain

    Hi Oscar Gonzalez, this tutorial is amazing. I was trying to migrate from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. I was stuck after doing the import fuction, since i dont have a domain name, what am I supposed to do next? Thank you 🙂

  • Janavi Dhawan

    Hi, I followed this tutorial but after installing wordpress from softaculous in inmotion hosting my data was all there on the site… when i went to my website and wp-admin. For some reason I think I'm still connected to wordpress.com. Please help!! Thanks

  • Jenny Goldberger

    Hi Oscar!
    Quick question – if I transfer using this method will I lose all of my photos from my blog? I don't necessarily need to transfer the theme over but I'm worried my content will end up different on the Bluehost platform.. I've seen other tutorials talking about downloading databases and using an FTP and I don't understand any of it!

  • Martial 3231

    Oscar, you mention in this video that "bluehost" is not your favorite.. what is your favorite host? thanks.

  • Echoes in Eternity

    Hi Oscar

    If using the same domain name, it seems to leave the old website there. Do you need to redirect the domain from wordpress.com to wordpress.org?

  • goodadvice.com

    Thanks for the good advice, Oscar; I am going to have a crack at migrating. I've followed you on twitter. Once again thanks for your assistance.

  • Tati Batista

    Hi. some doubts. i've already have a domain blablabla.com
    I dont use blablabla.wordpress.com anymore
    What should i do in this case? Something different?

  • Michelle Chavez

    Wow!! This is the best tutorial I'v seen to learn how to do this. What happens when I have my own domain already but I am still on a wordpress.com site? Thanks so much in advance

  • Cookiecrumbs 25

    i have my own domain name and am with wordpress.com ,to switch over do you need to be in a payed plan because i am currently using the free version. Like i said i have my own domain name and i have a hoster (hostgator.com). And i cant see tools on my menu

  • Maya Afridi

    I followed exactly with ur video and successfully migrated to .org.but i can't find the PLUGIN TAB in my left panel of wordpress.

  • Lexi S

    hi Oscar, i am following everything you are doing, but for some reason when i go to open and load all my information on my new wordpress, all my old posts are still there. does that mean i didn't change from wordpress.com to org yet? i don't know if I'm making any sense

  • Inspire Your Living

    Hello Sir, I want to Migrate my .com blog to .org website. How can i take your help? Please let me know. I also want to get my theme installed on my new website.

  • Videos Clases

    Hi Oscar!
    This might sound a little dumb but I'm kind of confused now. For obvious reasons I want to migrate from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. I was thinking using bluehost because is what I can afford now. Anyway, I already have a domain on wordpress.com. When I go to bluhost it gives me 2 options: create a new domain or "sign up" with a already created domain. If I sign up with my domain, later on do I have to transfer my domain to bluhost? or the moment I sign up with it is already tranfered?

  • Cristen Sullivan

    Hello Oscar

    I am trying to migrate my wordpress.com to a selfhosted wordpress.org with bluehost and I am having a problem. I am almost positive I installed wordpress with bluehost however when I try to login to the account it leads me to a page that displays just a 0. I am not sure what I did wrong with the install or how to fix it!

  • JC Vincent

    Good information. I have my wordpress.org set up and have transferred my followers. Someone commented on post that I made at .org, so I know they can see my .org posts. My question is how to I see wordpress.com posts and communicate with the writers there? Thanks.

  • gk k

    Many THANKS! great video, really helped me to migrate from wordpress.com to .org.
    wordpress offers the service to migrate and it costs 200$! Thanks again!

  • Jules Loveland

    Hi, are you still looking for someone? WordPress.com is SO restrictive. I have my own domain gingertwentytwo.com which takes you to my site. Thanks Jules.

  • Marina Montiel

    Hi Oscar! Do you still need someone for moving from .com to .org? I want to move from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and I bought a hosting in siteground. Please, let me know. Cheers. Marina

  • Nancy Newman

    I've created a bluest account but I'm still working on wordpress.com. I'm still not sure how to get onto wordpress.org. I'm finding it so confusing and I can't figure out how to make it work. I've bought the hosting and I'm still where I started – on wordpress.com

  • Eduardo Cavallin

    Oscar, I need your help I am trying to migrate from wordpress.com to wordpress.org I already have a host at hostgator. I tried following your video and a few others but I do not know why is not working. Please help!

  • christophjmed1

    Hello +Oscar Gonzalez, thank you for this very useful video. I followed your directions exactly as you told me but only half of my posts imported. The file size is only 560KB. Do you have any idea what could be wrong? Also, I am using HostGator, not BlueHost.

  • Life Without Astrology

    i bought hosting and domain name from godaddy but when i download wordpress then i saw www.universaldomains.com/wp-admin now I totally disappointed means its .com not .org…
    i am leaving.. I just wasted my money..
    but i am happy because wordpress is very expensive and not affordable stuff for me..

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    If you'd like me to move, transfer, or migrate your site from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, I can take care of it at no additional cost. You just need to purchase hosting from one of these two links:

    http://oglink.it/greengeeks (The base plan is good to start)
    http://oglink.it/inmotion (The "Launch" plan is good for most people)

    After you've purchased your hosting with them, email me your receipt, and we can take it from there.
    — Oscar

  • schmolphinwhirlslingers

    Hi oscar, can i move my example ‘hellolovely.wordpress.com’ blog to ‘hellolovelyworld.com’ in the same manner above?

  • Farbod Pasand

    Hi Oscar,

    I just came across on your YouTube channel about switch WP.com to WP.org, I don’t have domain yet, but I’m gonna to get a domain, I’ve some questions:

    1: if I transfer, google ranking works?

    2: not any changes on C Panel?

    3: how much charges for hosting server?

    Here’s my website:


    Which keyword choose for better ranking of domain?

    Thank you for your time.

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