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WordPress.com’s Guided Transfers1:34 with Zac Gordon
The company behind WordPress.com, Automattic, offers a paid service where they will transfer your .com site over to a .org version with one of their hosting partners. In this video we go over this process and when it might be a good idea.
Wordpress.com offers what's called a guided transfer,
where they will transfer your site for you to a self-hosted wordpress.org install.
If we look at this page for
this offering, we can see that currently this is a one-time fee of $129,
which you can purchase directly from within your own site on wordpress.com.
There are some things that you need to know about the guided transfer.
Mostly, that to begin the process,
you'll have to have a hosting account at one of their recommended hosts.
These include Bluehost, HostGator and DreamHost.
Once you've purchased that hosting account,
you could then go into your own WordPress site.
Into Tools > Export and then simply click to use the guided transfer.
We could see the cost here and it explains again that it will transfer you to
a self-hosted WordPress install with one of their partners.
If the money isn't an issue,
it's a nice assurance to know that your new site will get properly set up
by the same people that are managing your wordpress.com site to begin with.
However, if you are feeling more technically adventurous,
it's not too hard to transfer your site yourself.
So, let's go ahead and look next at what you need to do before you
can begin the transfer process from .com to .org.
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