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Switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (12 posts)

  1. ShemMaina
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi,

    I want to switch from the free hosting wordpress.com to wordpress.org to allow more flexibility in terms of design.

    I already have a blog running on http://lottery.wordpress.com

    If I get hosting and install wordpress software on my computer, will I be able to transfer all of the content on my wordpress.com blog to my new locally hosted blog?

  2. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Not without a fair amount of agony. Only way at this point seems to be using RSS. And unless things have changed in the last few days, that only works for posts, comments are even more problematic.

  3. resiny
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    yeah...same issue myself. not really any good solutions

  4. ShemMaina
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Cheers guys!

    Ok, I think I will have to start a new blog. I have a blog with blogger and it allows you to edit the html so you can put buttons on the side etc. that's what I wanted to do with this one, but once I started this one I realised that is not possible. That means I can't get a stat tracker on my site as I need to know where the traffic is coming from exactly. The stats tracker I've got at the moment only shows the hits on my site as I could not put in the script code on this wordpress blog.

  5. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Right. At this point you can't edit any of the actual blog files on .com blogs. It appears to be planned for the future but there's also no time-frame there either....

  6. ShemMaina
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If I start another blog with wordpress.org and get my own hosting, and choose to have one of the ready made template themes, will I be able to edit them and add buttons on the side etc?

  7. resiny
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    oh yeah. If you host wordpress on your own domain you can control everything. There's no limit to what you can do as long as you're creative and are willing to fail.

    But editing the template is simple. You'll log into the dashboard, go to the presentation tab, and then go to the theme editor. There you can modify style.css, index.php, etc.

    There's a bit of a learning curve between blogspot templates and wordpress templates (from <$BlotItemTitle$> to <?php.....?>) but if you know some XHTML and CSS it's not that hard to start out with simple tweaks. Adding buttons is a snap

  8. ShemMaina
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks a million guys for the help.

    I think I'll look on the tutorials for XHTML an CSS on this site. study them for a few days and after i have a grasp on it, I will then start my new blog with buttons and stuff!

    Cheers!

  9. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Dunno if this helps, but you can add, with wordpress.com, chicklets and links and such -- just embed the appropriate tags into a link in your "Links" section.

  10. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi ShemMaina again. Saw your comment on my blog - thanks!

    So, to better explain what I was babbling about earlier:

    "Chicklets" are those various and assorted colorful little icons or badges that some folks line up along their sidebars. (yep, I'm guilty of it). Usually related to ways to add feeds with various RSS readers or little tiny billboards. They're a bit awkward to add to wordpress.com, but quite doable. In a very similar fashion as how you likely added your Sitemeter graphic.

    And at that, I'll drop it before I get hollered at by a moderator for not staying on topic and covering WP.Com stuff. ;-)

  11. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Heh.... so THAT'S what they're called, and conversely, what a "chicklet" is.... I thought it was chewing gum....

  12. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    well, when I was a wee lad back in the 70's, it was a highly sought after gum indeed!

    But, we adapt I suppose...

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