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As clearly mentioned in our previous article entitled “WordPress.com vs WordPress.org”, hosting your WordPress blog yourself gives you much more freedom in terms of layout and customisation than a WordPress.com blog. You have more options to tailor your blog, CMS or e-commerce site to your needs. In addition, you can decide if you want to allow ads or not. And if you do, you do not have to share the revenues generated by the ads, as is the case with WordPress.com. But how can you transfer your WordPress.com blog to your own WordPress hosting?
If you want to host your WordPress blog yourself, you need a Linux hosting account. You can request this service via the Combell website. If you already are a customer and have a hosting package, you just have to send a simple e-mail to our helpdesk, and we will install WordPress for you, free of charge. You can also choose to install WordPress yourself. You will find out more about this topic in a separate post.
This import process may take a while depending on how much content you have. Go to your new website (www.mywebsite.be), and you will see that the posts were imported.
If you previously configured your domain name (mydomain.be) to redirect to your WordPress.com blog via the control panel, do not forget to cancel this redirect.
On the old WordPress.com site, you should post a message to warn visitors that, from now on, they can read your articles on your mydomain.be website.
Such a transfer is normally handled via a 301 page, but WordPress.com offers no .htaccess. If you have a high-traffic website and wish to keep your ranking with Google and your visitors, you should use the 301-redirect option offered by WordPress.com ($13 per year). Both your visitors and search engines will be automatically redirected to your new site. Of course, you do not need to use this option forever – 2 years should be more than enough.
Attention! Do not make the mistake of posting your articles on both websites for a while, because Google hates duplicate content and may penalise you for this! Also, set your old blog to private, so that the old posts can no longer be read on it.
Once the transfer is complete, you will still have some small issues to fix. In a next article, we will discuss topics that include:
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