Move WordPress Website: How to Move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

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If you started your website on WordPress.com, but are ready to move to WordPress.org, then here are directions to move your WordPress website.  It will tell you how to set up your nameservers in your WordPress.com site so you can start self-hosting your site.  For further support, download “Move WordPress Website: Your Guided Checklist for Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org”.  And of course, if you have any other questions, you can comment after this post.


And just in case you’re wondering if this is the right option for you, check out this related post to find out:
Related Post: The Differences Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

So, are you ready to make the switch?

You are going to want to follow the directions under “Hosting Account” in The 3 Steps you Need to Take to Create a WordPress.org Site.  You can skip the part about purchasing a domain for now because you already have one for your WordPress.com site.  If, however, you never purchased a custom domain (and you’re still using something that includes www.yourinfo.wordpress.com), then you can just follow ALL the steps outlined in that post (and ignore this one) in order to create your WordPress. org site.

Once you have your hosting account set up, it’s time to locate your Nameservers and then put them in the proper place in your WordPress.com account.

Locate your Nameservers for your WordPress Website

(Outlined in previous post:) You will need to login to your HostGator cPanel (you should have received an email from them with the login information).  Your cPanel will look like this:

You need a hosting account when you are starting a wordpress.org site.

Now, in order to locate your nameservers, you need to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen.  They will be located on the left side in the “account information” menu.

You will need to get your nameservers from your hosting account so you can let your domain know where it's new home is.

They will be something like ns1234.hostgator.com.

You will need to copy both of them into a document or just leave this tab open so you can copy and paste them into your WordPress.com dashboard when you’re ready.

Changing the Nameservers for your WordPress Website

Now it’s time to log into your WordPress.com dashboard.

Click on “My Site” in the upper left corner.
Now, scroll down that menu and click on “Domains”
Click on your registered domain.

At this point you should note the expiration date of your domain and mark it on a calendar or create a reminder for the week or so before it expires. You will want to transfer your domain to Namecheap when that time comes because registering your domain through WordPress costs almost twice as much.

Now, back to the task at hand!

Scroll down in your domain menu and click on “Name Servers and DNS”
Click on the toggle next to “Use WordPress.com Name Servers” to disable this option.
Under use “Custom Name Servers” enter your two name servers that you copied from your Hostgator account and click “Save Custom Name Servers”.

Now you’re ready to install WordPress.org on your domain!

Did you get your domain set up?  What questions do you have?  Comment below.

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Move WordPress Website: Guided Checklist

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