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What's the best way to bring everything over from wp.com to my own wp?

  • Until 2010 I ran my own wordpress blog in my own custom domain on my Hostgator site. Then I switched to Posterous.

    After Posterous’ takeover by Twitter announcement I was worried so opened up a wordpress.com account, imported everything from Posterous and have been double-posting since then.

    Posterous is going downhill quickly (they never answer support questions anymore, the support forums is closed, and posts by emails can take the better part of a day to appear.). The handwriting is all over the wall.

    I like wordpress.com well enough, and wouldn’t mind paying them, but I don’t want to turn over control of my DNS to them. So I was thinking of returning to my Hostgator WP blog, which is still there. I just updated it to 3.3.2 and it’s sitting there, with no new posts since 2010.

    I see there is an import function. But it doesn’t say it imports images. Does it? Also, I should probably clear out the current content and then import. What’s the best way to do that? Is there a recommended practice for this?

    What is the best way to get EVERYTHING from wordpress.com and bring it back into an old privately run wordpress site? Is it even possible to get everything, including the photos?

    Thanks,

    doug

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  • I have not done this personally, but there are instructions here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    Thanks. There is a lot of useful information in there. It seems, from the instructions, that the attachments are dealt with in some post processing that downloads them from the original site. I suppose that’s why the import file is so short.

    I will give that a go.

    Thanks!

    doug

    That link is 100% sure the way to go.

    It’s very easy to do.. Export everything > Import Everything and activate the same Theme you were using on wp.com.

    Also take a look at the JetPack plugin that will give you the most wp.com features inside your .org site.
    The Image Widget is often missed inside the .org.

    I’m going to give this a try. And I’ll check out the JetPack plugin.

    One question though. As i mentioned, I have existing content from 2007 to 2010. That content is also on my wordpress.com site. Will the import be clever enough to recognize that old content is duplicated? Or should I somehow clear out the existing database?

    I guess the only thing I’ll be missing from wordpress.com is the fact that people have actually been finding my blog there and I have a dozen or so followers now.

    Thanks!

    doug

    I’m still wondering – is it best to stick with wordpress.com or run this on my own.

    Is there a comparison chart showing what I would be missing if I don’t keep my blog at wordpress.com and what I would be gaining if I ran it on my own?

    Search optimization?

    Followers from “freshly pressed?”

    Better speed?

    Thanks!

    doug

    Here is a WordPress.com suport article that discussed the differences:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

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