WordPress.com to WordPress.org


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Yes it can be done.

Forget what you have read in the forums (Why can’t I redirect my blog? and Can I redirect my blog?) and don’t bother trying to get your head around the too technical product announcement (New Feature: Domains).

We have written a step by step guide on how to redirect your established WordPress.com blog to your own self-hosted blog on your own domain – Redirecting a WordPress.com Blog (PDF 739 KB).

Why do this?

We just like WordPress – that’s all.

Update: Based on the excellent comments, we have updated the original document to include a section on setting the permalink style to that used by WordPress.com – thank you everyone for helping us make this better.

433 Responses to “WordPress.com to WordPress.org”

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  2. Gayle Rogers says:

    I made the switch but my domain now ends in .com/wordpress and I don’t want it to say wordpress. I don’t know how to change it

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  4. mssmotorrd says:

    It’s the first time I commented here and I must say you share us genuine, and quality information for bloggers! Good job.
    p.s. You have a very good template for your blog. Where did you find it?

  5. BTW, Thanks Mad for the suggestion. I just noticed this comment, about a year later. LOL I guess I forgot to click follow up. I came back here, because I got a hit to my blog from here. But, I did your suggestion.

    I just wished wordpress didn’t charge $10/yr. to redirect. Instead, I just made a note as a blog entry on the non-self hosted wordpress with a link to my self-hosted wordpress. I guess that will work until I can get extra money to do that.

    Again thanks for sharing this in your blog.

  6. paul says:

    Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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  8. Absolutely great effort on your part guys, thanks so much.

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  10. Heather says:

    It worked an absolute treat! Some of the options are a little different on WordPress.com’s domain section, but not too difficult to figure out. Instead of ‘Put blog here’, there are now radio buttons and you just choose the domain you want it to be redirected to. In my case, I choose fheathermoore.com. Simple!

  11. Heather says:

    Oh, another thing. I never realised until I was too late, but I never exported all my recent blog posts to my new site. This means essentially that these posts and all comments have been “lost”, although they will still remain on my WordPress.com blog – just that I can’t see them since my blog is being redirected. I know I have the option in WordPress.com to revert to their hosting, which means that my blog posts would show again and therefore I’d be able to export it.

    Once I’d done that, would the option still be available to redirect back to my new site, or would I have to pay another $10 and go through the whole process again? Let’s say that the option was still available, would I have to go through the process of changing my nameservers again? I imagine that I would, but would like confirmation.

    Also what happens to subscribers of your old blog? Since they won’t see any new postings, won’t that mean that they won’t necessarily visit your blog, thereby losing subcribers? Plus, is it possible you won’t get any new visitors since you’re not being hosted on an official blog site? A lot of questions I know but I want to cover my bases.


  12. nik Simms says:

    Nice article, keep up the good work. If you want to read more on this topic (redirected) why not try BlogCop.

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  16. Balaji says:

    Great post. Helped me redirect my WordPress.com blog to a sub domain hosted blog.

    I have posted my experiences at http://blog.inflinx.com/2009/10/14/redirecting-from-wordpress/ for those trying to redirect to a sub domain and not to a domain.

  17. This is STILL the best tutorial out there. Now, the image thing is taken care of. You can click on a “Download and install” attachments button in the WP import.

    I’m still trying to confirm with wp.com if this is a 301 or 302 redirect. I’ve seen conflicting reports. 301 means you can leave the links up forever, and continue purchasing the annual domain mapping if there are a lot of older posts still linked to (ie – my link to this post). 302 means we’ll have to encourage everyone to re-link and re-subscribe and then make the wp.com blog private, or delete altogether.


  18. Heard back from wp.com support – 302 redirect. So, yeah, we have to cut off the links eventually to prevent google repercussions.

  19. diniforum says:

    wonderful blog was very useful, thank you very much

  20. LuisTen says:

    The document you provided here was superb. I had been looking for a definitive guide on how to transfer my blog to my own domain and all I could find were bullet points on the subject.

    Thank you very much for taking your time and making an effort to help out the blogging community. It is very much appreciated.


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  22. Fanie says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial and .pdf document! :-D I just did this change to my wordpress.com blog to domain.com blog and it worked a wonder.

    This is certainly bringing you lots of good karma. ^-^

  23. locohama says:

    Wow! after hours of fits and stops with that wordpress explanation, i was able to do the redirect in 20 minutes with your PDF! You guys at blogwell rock. Link love from locoinyokohama. com forthcoming.
    Peace and blessings

  24. Natalie says:

    Thanks for your help- this was a great help to me and I’m glad I was able to find it. I just did everything you said and feel like a rock star now! I am very new to blogging and all that it entails, but am so glad to have everything on my own domain with WP. Wonderful!

  25. Issac Pelt says:

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  27. wordpress now supports 301 redirects

    This article also had some good tips on changing permalinks and not losing seo as well: http://www.clickonf5.org/wordpress/change-permalink-wordpress-301-redirect-backlinks/7035

  28. Hody says:

    Is there any way to transfer/move the stats from the wordpress.com hosted blog to my new self-hosted wordpress.org blog? Would like to see all the stats!

  29. Hody says:

    Is there any way to transfer move the stats from the wordpress.com hosted blog to my new self-hosted wordpress.org blog? Would like to see all the stats!

  30. Hody says:

    any way I can take over the old stats from com to my new org blog

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  32. s4ndm4n2006 says:

    Thank you for your very straight forward post on this subject. I have been running my blog for a little while and was intimidated by the instructions with moving stuff from a .com wordpress site to a self hosted one that others were posting. Yours is more understandable and took the fear out of it, after I set up my hosting account (luckily also on GoDaddy) This was just the information I needed to redirect my old site!

    Keep up the great posts!

  33. Thanks much! Great document. This really helped. I am promoting this on my new site as well.

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