If you are using WordPress.com’s free hosted platform then you will find a lot of limitatons. First of all, you can’t get Google Adsense approval and cannot put any third party Advisements there.
They will be blocked by the WordPress.com. So, it is a better choice to shift to self hosted blogging platform.
- First of all you need to purchase a Doamin Name. Check Out : Tips To Choose the Best Available Domain Name.
- Then you need to buy Hosting. You can choose any popular hosts like Hostgator, Dreamhost, Bluehost etc.
- Now first install WordPress on your Domain. Check Out : How To Set Up WordPress for Self Hosted Domain.
Exporting Blog From WordPress.COM
- Log-in to your WordPress.com’s blog.
- Navigate to Tools -> Export from your admin’s dashboard
- Save the .XML format file to your Computer. This file is having all the content including articles, comments, plugin configurations etc.
Importing Blog to Personal Domain
- Log-in to your personal domain’s WordPress dashboard.
- Navigate to Tools -> Import.
- Click on WordPress and install the importer.
- Now, activate the importer and through importer, upload your wordpress.com blog’s XML File. Organise their authors, categories.
- All done here.
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Redirecting Visitors and Search Engines to new blog
When you shifted your web content from wordpress.com to public domain and delete that blog, search engines and human visitors will still land to your old site so to make them move to your new blog, you need to put a redirection so that the search engines and Humans will automatically gets redirected to your new blog.
For this, login to your domain registrar. Then change your domain’s DNS settings so that your public domain points to your WordPress.com servers.
Now from your WordPress.com’s dashboard navigate to Upgrades -> Domains, click on “Add Domains To Blog” and enter your personal domain’s URL here.
Now, click on “Map Domain“. Make sure the URL shouldn’t have www or trailing slashes.
Mapping your domain from WordPress.COM will costs you $10 per year.
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