Discover How Easy It Is To Move Your Posts & Pages
From WordPress.com to WordPress.org
Many bloggers begin on a free platform only to discover that either they want to move (for more flexibility and control) or they need to move (no marketing allowed on WP.com) for business reasons.
WordPress fortunately has some built in tools which make moving your content (posts/pages) a piece of cake!
Migrating from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is something that a lot of people get nervous over, but in reality the tools are pretty straight forward!
Friend and colleague Cathie Heath, from Cathie Heath Training, did a great little video on how to quickly and easily move your content over and I wanted to share it with you!
One important note: I must add that, while this moves content, in the case of a well-established WordPress.com blog this does not address the SEO aspects.
For a just beginning or not-got-a-lot-of-visitors WordPress.com blog I would not stress over the SEO, but a well established WordPress.com blog is going to need to pay attention using WordPress.com’s redirect tool as well as to redirect that choppy WordPress.com URL correctly to their new personally owned domain name using a redirection rule added to the htaccess file. Attention also has to be paid to making sure the permalink structure matches or a permalink redirection plugin may also be needed if one is not adding custom redirect rules to the htaccess file.
I don’t want this to scare anyone (I know it sounds scary) because the reality is that majority of people moving from WP.com are not established well enough in the search engines to need to stress over Google needing to re-index them (takes a couple days tops).
So, if you’ve been putting off moving to WP.org due to concerns over how to move all of your posts and pages… now you have your answer! It’s easy-peasy!
PS: The same technique applies to Blogger/Blogspot though their export is slightly different, its still easy. I should also note that sometimes exporting BIG Blogger/Blogspot sites does not export fully and if you get stuck I can recommend someone that specializes in Blogspot to WordPress Migration to assist you.