Over the past couple months I’ve been learning about design and CSS. I decided that a good way to implement what I have learning is to actually play around with some CSS and make some design decisions for my WordPress blog. Because WordPress.com is very limited in what you can change (for free), I decided the time was right to move my blog to WordPress.org.
The actual move is very simple, the hard part is choosing a domain and choosing the right hosting provider.
- Choose a hosting provider. There are plenty to choose from. I went with Hostgator because I was referred to them by a friend.
- Choose a domain name. Often your web hosting will tell you to choose a domain name. Luckily lifesforlearning.com was the name of my blog on WordPress.com and it was available as a domain name also!
- Install WordPress on your new site. I would suggest walking through the famous 5 minute install.
At this point, you have a new blog on your new site and your old blog on WordPress.com. How can we migrate the data from the old blog to the new blog? It’s actually pretty simple. Go to the Dashboard on your old site. Then on the left navigation – hover over “Tools” and click “Export”. This should give you the option to export all your Posts, Pages, and Comments to an XML file. Now go to your new blog and go to its dashboard. Then (again) on the left navigation – hover over “Tools” and click “Import”. This will force you to download a plugin that will help import your data. Now all your data is on your new site! The most remarkable part of this process is that all your media will be on your new site as well. Time to get to blogging and choosing new (free) themes!