WordPress.com is a very lucrative platform to start a new WordPress Blog but if you want to monetize your blog effectively and want a total control over your blog, a self hosted WordPress blog is the need of an hour. A self hosted WordPress blog is quite beneficial for users as they can install plugins and choose from plenty of customized themes for these blogs. So in this article we will discuss a roadmap that will help you to migrate your free WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress blog:
Step 1: Data Transfer Through Export
To start with migration first you need to export or transfer all your free blog data to self hosted WordPress blog. Transferring data can be done very easily with few simple steps: first you have to sign into your WordPress account, go through your dashboard and select the Export option from the Tool menu.
After clicking the export tool a page will open with options: Guided or Free transfer. Go to free transfer and a new window opens up that mentions “Choose what to export”. Select “All Content” and Download Export File button. After going through these steps an XML file will be downloaded to your computer. This XML file contains all the data of your posts, pages, images, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, navigation menus and other information from wordpress.com.
Step 2: WordPress Installation
Once exporting is done install WordPress for hosting your own blog, Installing WordPress is a very easy task and it can be done with few clicks. Once installation is complete start importing the data from your XML file into the new self-hosted WordPress website. This can be easily done with the help of various plugins available in the WordPress library like WordPress importer plugin, just upload your XML file to the plugins and your data is transferred.
Step 3: Setting your WordPress.com blog to private
Once your blog content is transferred the last step you must adhere is to set your WordPress.com blog to private. This step is necessary if you don’t want your old users will be redirected to the new website and start afresh. Set your blog to private by entering the dashboard and click the setting tab, choose reading page and last select the option “I would like my blog to be private, visible only to users I choose”. By following all these steps your transferring procedure will be completed.