I recently switched from wp.com to godaddy for a webhost. I exported my xml file and imported it to the new theme. Unfortunately the images are no longer in our media folder...
Images are typically stored somewhere within a folder named
wp-content, and you will have to talk with the folks at WordPress.com about how you might be able to copy or move them on over.
Also all posts are now being attributed to me, but I have over a dozen contributors/authors/editors.
I do not know very much here, but apparently your export file might not have included user meta. So again, you might want to ask about that here:
Also my name is showing up as my screen name instead of my display name, which is definitely not what I want.
You should be able to change that by editing your user account.
I have also noticed that all of my links now direct to the homepage instead of individual articles...a lot of internal links and a lot of social media blasts all over and this is hindering everything.
There are plugins that might help with that, and maybe someone else here can offer some suggestions there.
How do I find the wp-config.php? How do I edit it so that my contributors and images swap over? Are things like cpanel, directpanel, etc third party software I have to install to do this?
That file in is your site's root folder (such as possibly
public_html or whatever GoDaddy uses there), and I use FileZilla with an SFTP connection to the server to work with my files there. To do that, you will need to download and install FileZilla, then have your host help you establish an SFTP connection.
note: They might suggest using FTP, but FTP would send your login credentials and everything else out over the 'net in plain text.
It doesn't look like this is something beginners should be doing at all.
I felt the same way just a year ago when I got started, but it is really no different than working with folders and files on your local machine. Just go slowly and be sure to know what you really want to do and how to do it before changing things. Also, you will need a plain-text editor that will *not* add any kind of formatting and that will save a file such as
.htaccess that is only an extension without a file name. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ is great for that.
Is it possible to download my SQL file/database from my wordpress.com blog and move it over to my wordpress.org account hosted through GoDaddy?
I think that can be done with phpMyAdmin (such as can be found at your host cPanel), but I have never done that myself.