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In our previous article, we showed you how you can migrate your existing blog from WordPress.com to your own WordPress hosting. So, you have transferred your files and posts, but there are still some details to be ironed out, so that the new “home” for your blog can be exactly as you want it to be. Below, you will find a few tips to make this possible...
With WordPress.com, you could use different plugins, which were activated by default. With your WordPress.org blog, not all identical plugins are available. But there are similar plugins, which often offer even more features.
Tip Searching by the name of the author will save you considerable time.
Here are some of the most commonly used plugins:
There would be much more to say about plugins, which is why we will soon post a comprehensive article on this topic. For now, you can keep on working with these indispensable tools.
You probably have many readers who subscribed to your blog. With each new post, they receive a short excerpt via e-mail. It would be a pity to lose all these subscribers during your migration process!
Fortunately, the Jetpack plugin makes the migration of subscribers very easy. Here is what you need to do:
Attention: Both the old WordPress.com site on which the followers are and the site connected to JetPack where the followers will be migrated must use the same WordPress.com user account.
Tip The difference between a subscriber and a follower is that the follower reads your new posts only in the Reader, while a subscriber receives the new posts via e-mail. With the JetPack plugin, both categories of readers are migrated from your old blog to the new one.
When you migrate from your old blog to your new site, the permalinks or the URLs that appear in the content itself are not updated. If, in a post, you e.g. refer to a previous post from a week ago, the wordpress.com link will still be there. The links to images and multimedia content have not been updated either, and therefore do not appear in your new blog. Fortunately, there is a plugin that can automatically update all these URLs: Velvet Blues.
Put simply, this plugin will update URLs using a find and replace feature. This is what you need to do:
Tip If you have doubts about what you are doing, start by making a backup of your WordPress blog via the free BackWPup tool.
Normally, when you import your old WordPress.com blog via the WordPress Importer plugin, all the multimedia content that you published on WordPress.com is migrated too.
Make sure everything went according to plan:
Can you not see your images? Do not worry; there is a plugin for this too, although it is a little more complicated to use. What it does is that it will first search for all the images, and then add them in a gallery on your WordPress site.
After that, you need to link the images to your post – for each post:
The migration is free. However, you need to have an account on which you can host your WordPress blog. With Combell, you can purchase a hosting package from as low as 10 euros per month. In addition, our transfer service will help you with the migration process – for free!
If you completed the migration process correctly, the access to your website will not be interrupted. If you have any doubts, feel free to call upon our free transfer service!
That is not a problem either. Combell’s free transfer service helps you transfer your domain to your new Linux hosting package, and also helps you configure it!
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