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[Resolved] Transferring wordpress.com domain & hosting to Bluehost

  • Hi,

    Apologies if this is a ridiculous newbie question and if I’m repeating a question/being completely stupid, but I’m hoping you guys can help.

    I have a wordpress.com blog, which links to a domain that I bought through wordpress.com. Yesterday I set up an account with Bluehost so that I can self host, use wordpress.org but still have my domain. So, I transferred my domain over to Bluehost, and then installed wordpress.org on it. The location of this is supposed to be at http://thehoneymoonproject.com/wordpress – but when I go to this, it says page not found, and seems to still be part of wordpress.com.

    I don’t know whether I’ve managed to muck it up or miss something out or what. I thought maybe I needed to rename my nameservers, but I can no longer manage my domain from wordpress.com – which I presume is to be expected as I’ve moved the hosting across. What do I need to sort it out and actually be able to use the wordpress.org installation?

    Thanks for your help!

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  • Mark Ratledge
    Forum Moderator


    You have to export your posts/pages and import them at your self-hosted WP install: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/


    Thanks for that – I’ve already exported my files, but presumably I can only import them to my new blog if I can actually get into the wordpress install? The whole problem is that when I go to the page where I’ve installed wordpress.org, it takes me to wordpress.com, so I can’t import the files as I can’t get in!


    Ignore me – I’ve just realised that I’ve been completely idiotic and it’s actually all fine now. Note to self – don’t try doing things late at night!




    I think I’m having some of the same issues that you were having. I have a wordpress.com blog with a domain that I purchased. I bought Bluehost so I can manage my blog through wordpress.org and am having the HARDEST time figuring this out.

    The tutorials say to log into your old account and export your blog, then log into your new account and import, but my account hasn’t changed since I’m keeping the same domain. Does that make sense? Would love any suggestions.

    James Huff
    Support Team Rep.


    peacelovepr, the first thing to do would be to set your WordPress.com blog’s primary domain back to [user].wordpress.com at Upgrades/Domains in your WordPress.com dashboard.

    Then, switch your domain’s nameservers to Bluehost following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#update-nameservers

    When you’re done, export/import your blog following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    okay so now it appears that i am having the exact same problem. I have a wordpress.com account that i bought a domain for. Ive just opened an account with Bluehost, i couldnt transfer my domain because it is less than 60 days old….but i could still add it to my c-panel. I installed wordpress on it and it tells me to log in at
    however it always redirects me too the wordpress.com service. I have set this service to private and changed settings to crackrocksmusic.wordpress.com as the primary address.

    i have also cleared caches and cookies and nothing seems to happen.

    Am i missing something?

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