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  • Hi,

    I’ve been using WordPress in the most basic form for a little while now … and wanted to start adding some new things to make my site more functional.

    I wanted to add the PlugIn “If you like this you might also like …” that leads to posts in the same category


    I don’t have any sort of plug-in option for my site via my dashboard.

    Is this because my site is wordpress hosted?

    Would you recommend, then, that I host it elsewhere? And could this cause any problems to the existing content of the site?

    Many Thanks!

    P.S. I’m really sorry but the more simple the reply the better I am a total learner techie …

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  • esmi


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    Is this because my site is wordpress hosted?

    Yes. See

    Thanks, that’s clear and as I thought.

    Given that my main reason for migrating to “.org” would be to gain Plug-In options, do you have any views on if it’s worth my while?

    How complex is the migration process and what risk is there of me ruining the current content of my site somehow?

    Its a very easy process…

    Migrating from to
    Here’s what you need to do:

    Get a domain name [ advertising removed ] – it is possible that you already have this if your blog is rather than
    Get a webhost I would recommend [ advertising removed ]
    Change the name servers at the domain name registrar
    Set up WordPress at your new host
    Export your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags in a file to your computer (XML file)
    Import the file you just exported from your site to your new site
    Customize your installation with all the lovely new themes, widgets and plugins you can get your hands on!

    Get a domain name

    Your domain name is the bit that goes after the www. I used to recommend [ advertising removed ] as it is the cheapest.

    It may be that you already have purchased a domain name for your site in which case the name servers will be and

    Get a webhost

    If this is your first time looking for a host you need to get a good shared hosting service for WordPress.

    I would recommend [ advertising removed ] (fantastic value and fantastic 24×7 support and the cheapest).

    Change the name servers

    Change the name servers at your domain name registrar. So whether you use [ advertising removed ], you need to head over there and fill in the name servers you got from your webhost.

    nameservers pointing to [ advertising removed ]

    They usually say that this change takes 24 hours to propagate through the system. In effect this usually takes only an hour.

    Set up WordPress

    Once the name server change has taken effect, install a new version of WordPress at your new site.

    In our example, [ advertising removed ] (as well as most other hosts) have a very simple one-click install of WordPress.

    install wordpress one-click [ advertising removed ]

    Export XML file at site

    At your site, go Tools > Export (choose the free option!) and then choose what you want to export. I exported everything: my posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags into a WXR file or, WordPress eXtended RSS file, basically an XML file specific to WordPress.

    export at

    Import XML file at site

    And then, log in to the back end at your new WordPress self-hosted site and navigate to Tools > Import. Click the WordPress option, install the importer and upload the XML file you just downloaded.

    Themes and Plugins

    You may like to keep a note of any functionality that was added to your blog that won’t be carried through on the XML file (things other than posts, pages, comments, custom fields, users, categories, and tags).

    For example, you will have to download and reactivate the theme you were using at to make your new blog look the same.

    And you may want to install and configure Jetpack and other plugins to provide features that you had been using on If you have comments enabled, the Akismet comment spam protection plugin is virtually a must.

    Maybe you have a lot of content that ranks well in your old site, the new site would lose all that value as the URLs will all be different.

    If you would like to redirect the old URLs at to new URLs at, does this for a fee of $12/year.

    Thanks for the clear and detailed reply, that’s extremely helpful … just need to balance the pros and cons of making the transition, but this makes it seem like a straightforward enough process!

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