The most common reason for moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is the desire to make money from advertizing and/or affiliate sales. In reality if your WordPress.com blog does not currently attract 1,000 – 1,500 unique visitors every day, and your traffic stats do not demonstrate a growth trend, then it’s unlikely that you will much more than covering web hosting costs. Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org means you will have added responsibilities so don’t hurry into self hosting thinking you will be handsomely paid for the effort.
WordPress.com bloggers frequently ask: “What’s involved in moving to WordPress.org and self hosting?” That’s a good question.
If you are moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org you will have to purchase a domain name (if you do not already have one), hire a web host , install and configure the WordPress.org software, export your blog content out of your WordPress.com site, and then import it into the WordPress.org software install.
Your domain name should be short, memorable, and easy to spell. Wherever possible your domain name and blog title should be the same. For SEO include keywords in the URL and tagline that reflect your “brand”. Your domain name is your own, it’s portable, and you can have an email address and blog on the same domain. Having your own domain means provides increased opportunities to: build your own unique brand, online presence, and reputation; and to assist your followers (readers, clients and customers) to recall and locate your site very easily.
Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org means you will have additional responsibilities and if something goes wrong, you have to figure it out and fix it. Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org means you will be responsible for all installations, all WordPress.org software upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting. Current backups are critically important. They must be done frequently and the database must likewise be backed up frequently. If you have recent backup and something goes wrong, you can reasonably easily restore your site and not lose much data.
Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org means your new site will be starting all over again when it comes to earning authority and Page Rank. The Google Page Rank and Technorati authority and rank for your content belong to the root blog ie. the original WordPress.com URL for the blog.
Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org means purchasing domain mapping or an offsite redirect, so readers will seamlessly transferred between the URLs. Because when you purchase a domain name and move your content from WordPress.com to WordPress.org a new URL all the old links will be broken and visitors will experience a 404 (page not found) if you don’t.
If you are moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org then WordPress.com offers a guided transfer service where they set up your new site and move everything over for you. If you prefer a do it yourself move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org you can use this comprehensive Setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install guide and Moving Your Blog from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org: Resources and Tips
- Purchase a domain and hire a web hosting provider
- Register a wordpress.org account and locate resources
- Download a FTP Client
- Upload the most recent self hosting version of wordpress.ORG software into your new site
- Select and upload a theme
- Select and upload plugins
- Export/Import your WordPress.com content into your new site
- Import your Links (blogroll) into your new site
- Change the visibility of your WordPress.com blog to private