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Today you’ll learn how to properly move your blog from WordPress.com to your own WordPress.org site. You’ve probably been using WordPress.com for
your website for a while and are now you are ready to move on beyond some of the constraints that
WordPress.com has. Maybe you want to install certain plugins for your site or customize
your themes. Bottom line is you’re ready to take full control of your website and start
monetizing in different ways. The best way to be in full control is to create
a site with a self hosted WordPress.org setup. To move your site you’ll want to a custom
domain name and a good hosting platform that knows WordPress. we recommend BlueHost for
that. So step one, you’ll want to log into your WordPress.com
site go to tools export and choose export all content then click download export file. you can save the .xml file locally and this
should be all the blog posts and pages for your site. step two you’ll want to setup WordPress on
your new hosting platform, you can follow our step by step tutorial from our site. For step three after we have our new WordPress
site installed we’ll want to import the .xml file by going to tools–>import pick WordPress
from the list. It is going to ask to install the WordPress importer plugin, we’ll install and
activate and then choose file, upload the xml file. when you import files, you have the option
to assign the files to a different user. You can also make sure that you check this box
so your images are imported as well. note that if your xml file is larger than 2MB,
then you’ll need to either ask your hosting company to increase that limit temporarily
or you can get the WordPress WXR file splitter to break the file into smaller files to import. now you essentially have your site moved,
but we need to clean up some things still. On your old WordPress.com site, you’ll want
to either set your site to private by going to settings–>reading and click I would like to set my site to private. Or if you have a lot of readers or traffic from search engines, then you might want to consider using their offsite redirect. Go to store and you should
see Offsite Redirect. Just add your domain and click enable redirect. You’ll be charged
$13 a year, but if you have a lot of traffic and readers, this is a no brainer for you to do Now your new site is ready to add plugins and custom themes to it to make it even more awesome. I hope you liked this video and found it helpful. If you did, click on the like button below and leave us a comment. And if you want to receive more helpful videos don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and check out WPBeginner for more useful information on WordPress.