I had originally started designing a WordPress hosted site at WordPress.com, but I eventually decided I would need the freedom of a self-hosted site.
I'd like it if I didn't lose the design work I have finished so far. I saw on some videos on Lynda.com that you can export your WordPress.com site if you later decide to self-host. But when I tried that, it created an XML file and when I opened it, it was only text (it didn't even look like HTML or CSS; it looked more like a really long URL). It didn't have any of my design work like images, colors, and layout.
Am I missing something?