Migrating and moving a Web page, from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, that is to a Web server of its own, is the simplest thing in the world, shall we?
Currently the large amount of information search to perform the migration of Web pages, from one Web platform to another, is nothing more than the result of the continuous search for the best options to grow on the Internet.
Many times we do not expect that we will do so well on the Internet, or it is simply not something we could think would happen, and therefore we do not take forward forecasts. Many times the real possibilities of the Internet surprise us!
Surely today, if you consider having a presence on the Internet, do not opt for free platforms and options, where the administration of the website is not up to you. You will probably opt for a more complete option, also more expensive, but give you room to grow in the medium and long term.
Undoubtedly, there has been a significant change in the way of thinking of the entrepreneur on the Internet and you very well know; Before it was very common to start with a Blog inside the free platform of WordPress.com, which is not very different from Blogger or Wix, but nowadays have left those trends so short-term.
No, those platforms are not bad, just that they are like a pilot test for anyone who wants to start a business on the Internet. The truth is that it will not serve for much more. But with a web page with domain and own hosting you have your space on the Internet and on it you create what you want and need in each moment.
But, focusing on the main topic, if you are reading this article you are not looking for justifications to do the migration, rather you are looking for a response on how to do it and that is what we will happen to see.
From the outset I tell you that, being a migration from “WordPress to WordPress”, is the simplest thing in the world. It is true that the subject of images can be complicated a bit, but nothing that should worry you. If you have already read the article on how to migrate a Web from Wix to WordPress or how to migrate a Web from Joomla to WordPress, then you will notice the difference. In this case it is much simpler.
Before any migration
Based on the statement that you have your Blog on WordPress.com and you are just figuring out how to do the migration, I must say that the first thing you need is a Web domain name and a hosting service for your new Web page.
On the Internet there are plenty of companies that offer this type of services, I will not recommend any in particular, because for WordPress there are many and very good options. But, as we commented a few weeks ago, yes we recommend that you check certain features of the servers before hiring the hosting of the Web page; Speed, maintenance of their services, etc. But other than that it’s nothing too complicated.
Once you have the Web domain and server hosting (web hosting), what follows is to install WordPress as we have explained on occasion. If you do not know yet, I’ll give you a brief summary.
Attentive! The steps I’m going to give you are based on web page servers that have the cPanel control panel for the management of your Web files, which are the majority.
If you have ever entered your cPanel control panel, you may have noticed that the option to do the automatic installation of WordPress appears. Although it sounds tempting, a few days ago we explained to you the enormous disadvantages of the automatic 1-click installation of WordPress.
To install WordPress we will review the common stages of this process:
- Through an FTP program, access the Web server, and you place it inside the main folder of the Web server, called “public_HTML”.
- Download the latest version of WordPress and FTP upload the WordPress installation files into that folder.
- Create the database with the wizard of your cPanel control panel and enter the name of the database, the user and the password; The WordPress installation wizard will prompt you for the installation. Remember to follow the advice I’ve already given you regarding database security and WordPress administrator.
- Start the WordPress wizard, choose the user, the password and, from there, you can enter the system.
Steps for migrating from WordPress.com
I have already told you that migrating the web page from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is very simple, in fact, it is the simplest of all that I have ever done, let’s see what you have to do.
Go to your account manager at WordPress.com
Once in the admin, enter into WP Admin.
Uego in Tools, and within the options you will find the Export option, it is there where you must click and then click the Export Start button.
Once inside the export wizard, you will see that they give you options of what you want to export from your WordPress.com blog. At this point I will recommend the same thing I recommend in other migrations; Select only what you want to take and leave the rest.
In fact, before exporting, if there are blog entries or other content that you do not want to export, delete it so that what you get to the new website is what you really want.
Once you have decided what to take and what you leave behind, it is time to export by clicking on the Download button. You will see that a file is generated, usually XML, that is the file that you are going to use in your new WordPress and that contains all the necessary information.
If you are curious about how this file works I will explain it to you very easily. This file contains every word, image and other content on your web page on WordPress.com. In fact, if you open it with a program that supports it, you can see how it appears, word after word, each article that is written on your Web with information such as the title, and the date of publication.
The file instructs WordPress how to upload it to your system.
Back to your new web domain
You already left the prepared installation of WordPress, in your Web server, to do the migration of your Blog. Now you need to log in again and enter the Tools section.
If you look, the two interfaces of WordPress are very similar, in the option of tools you will also see “Import” and “Export”; In this case it is Import.
Usually, the wizard installs a plugin for import and from there it asks you which site you are going to do the job, choose WordPress and continue.
The next screen is for you to load the XML file.
Then, it’s time to assign authors to WordPress entries. Usually, if the wizard does not match, it loads everything to the WordPress user you just created and then you can change those options in the admin. This is a step that, more than anything, serves to configure the authorship of the entries, but not for much more.
The next thing is to send the import request and wait for the magic to be done. Check that everything is as it should be and that would be the end of everything.
Content import considerations
I’m going to make two export considerations that you should take into account if they apply to you.
The limit size of import files is 32Mb
Yes, WordPress will not process your file if it weighs more than the amount mentioned. A blog that does not have a lot of content will not reach that limit, but if you have many years with your website, it is likely to exceed. On the Internet there are programs that help you to divide that large file into smaller files.
It’s simple, you share the file and you’re loading it a little, it’s going to cost you more work, but you’re going to have the same result. Another option that you have is that you do different imports, for example, that exports / imports the Pages first in one file, then the Entries and then Images in another.
Importation of images can be problematic
Yes, this way of migrating content is very simple, but it can present some flaws, usually with content there is no problem, media – like images – are another story.
In case you have problems with the migration of images, you can download a plugin in your new Web domain that is able to migrate the images of your old Blog. For example, you can use Import External Images before you begin importing and use it if necessary.
Additional useful information
Whenever a web page is migrated to a new Internet domain, there is a tendency to lose part of the work, especially the one referring to Internet presence.
I would suggest you make a call in your old blog so people know where to find you, at least in the transition stage.
You also have the option to make a permanent redirection of one domain to the other, although for that you need a payment service, which is not very expensive. The operation is very simple, every time someone enters your web page in WordPress.com, it is automatically sent to your new Web domain.
Another recommendation, and I always do, is to review and change the structure of internal links that you have in your posts and pages of WordPress, so that matches with those of your new domain. To do this, go to Settings, then to Permanent Links and there you choose the structure that you like. Usually the name of the entry is used, but that is what I leave to your decision. Remember to save your changes.
It can also be interesting that you download a template – theme – and the necessary plugins to make your WordPress Web page look and function as you want. And you are ready for this new stage on the Internet!
You know the benefits of having a Web domain of your own and my last advice is that you know how to squeeze this new opportunity that you are giving, in a WordPress site you can even mount a virtual store so there is plenty of room to grow. It is for all this and many other reasons why we prefer to design Web pages in WordPress.
As you have seen, to migrate a Web page from WordPress.com to your own domain and Web server is very simple and automatic. But, as always, if you need help, you know that we are at your disposal to help you.