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  • jennilynn6

    (@jennilynn6)


    Hello all! I am very new here. I’m a designer and am realizing I need to get into the WordPress world with all of you. I started a basic blog on wordpress.com (http://primaldesigner.wordpress.com) and just created everything there. Today I bought a new domain name (primaldesigner.net – already had hosting service for my own website portfolio so I just added it) and now I am wondering if I can transfer the blog I already have over to the new domain.

    If I understand correctly, when I upload WP onto my new domain, I will then have access to plugins and other features not available on wordpress.com, correct? That was the main point of me purchasing the new domain.

    My question is, what install process should I go by? What do I need to do differently to attach the blog I already have to this new domain? Once I FTP to my site, can I still edit it online via wordpress.org (or .com?) or do I then just edit the HTML/PHP files directly? I appreciate any and all direction and advice. Thank you!

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  • In order to have full rein of plugin installations and customization of theme templates, etc. you’ll need a “self-hosted” WordPress site which is supported via WordPress.org. If this is the route you would like to take, I could give you some pointers.

    jennilynn6

    (@jennilynn6)

    Yes thats definitely what I want. I only have done 2 posts on the wordpress.com page (still not sure of the difference between .com and .org but thats ok). I assume I’ll have to start over on .org then, right? I haven’t advertised the blog to anyone so I could just copy/paste the posts I’ve done already to the .org site if necessary

    Read this and make an informed decision – http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    jennilynn6

    (@jennilynn6)

    I want to go with the .org and host it myself. I guess that means I lose what I have already but I can just start over. I’m using this blog as a way to teach myself how to use WordPress, install themes, and upkeep a site so I can eventually offer WordPress services to my clients. So just a regular install then? Is there one set of directions for it that are nice and detailed so I can be sure to not screw anything up? 🙂

    jennilynn6

    (@jennilynn6)

    I did it! however I managed to screw something up after all (ha). My blog shows up when this URL is used: http://primaldesigner.net/wp/ but not when its just primaldesigner.net. How can I switch that?

    gr8whitenorth

    (@gr8whitenorth)

    You don’t need to lose what you already have. In your .com blog go to tools and export. Select “all” and download the xml file to your desktop. You can import your stuff back into your self-hosted site, under tools, import.

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