How to migrate a blog from WordPress.com to InMotion Hosting
Written by Brad Markle
Published: Aug 23, 2011
Last Modified: Jan 10, 2014
In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to migrate a site from WordPress.com, to a self hosting WordPress Installation here at InMotion Hosting.
The first thing you'll need to do is ensure that you have WordPress installed on your InMotion Hosting account. For more help with installing WordPress, please see:
Export your blog from WordPress.com
After you have installed WordPress, you will then need to log into your WordPress.com account and export your data. Please be aware that this only exports posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags. As it does not export Themes or Widgets, you'll need to reinstall those after the migration.
- Log into your WordPress.com dashboard
- Under "Tools", click "Export"
- Click "Export"
- To Export all of your data, click "Download Export File". This will prompt you to download a backup file. Be sure to note where you downloaded it to.
Import your data
The next step is to import the file you just exported.
- Log into your InMotion Hosting WordPress Dashboard
- Under "Tools", click "Import"
- Click "WordPress"
- You may be prompted to install the "WordPress Importer". This is normal, click "Install Now"
- After installing the importer, click the "Activate Plugin & Run Importer"
- You should see, "Choose a file from your computer:". Click "Browse" and find the file you downloaded from WordPress.com just a few moments ago. Then click "Upload file and import"
- On the "Assign Authors" page, you have the option of assigning content from your WordPress.com user to a specific author on your new blog. Under "Import Attachments", choose the option to "Download and import file attachments". Click "Submit".
Congratulations, that's it!
Please remember that themes and widgets were not migrated over. For more help with installing a new theme / plugin on your self hosted WordPress blog, please see the following links:
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