So you created a blog using wordpress.com.You enjoyed blogging and before you knew it,your blog has enormous traffic.Thats when the wordpress limitations strike.You cant even monetise as wordpress.com doesnt allow that.No adf.ly,No AdSense and no Money!All you have is wordads and thats only for high traffic blogs.Frustrated,you wonde what to do.Ill tell you how to to take it to the next level.Before you spend a whole lot of cash on the wordpress upgrade store just stop and think instead:Do i really need to spend that money?The Answer is no.All you need to do is a small transfer.And No,I am not talking about the outrageously priced guided transfer on the upgrade store.Im Talking about doing it manually.Its not that difficult.I try to simplify the process as much as i can below.Even Noobs can attempt this.O.K seeing that you have read till here Ill assume you want to go through with this.But Wait!There are some things to consider first.Ill list the pros and cons of a transfer.
- You gain FTP access
- You can display ads
- You can upgrade themes
- You can add your own themes
- The WordPress Plugins can be used.
- It gives you access to premiuim features of without having to pay.
- Minimize Expenditure and Maximise Income
- SEO Optimize you Blog
- Add Forums,E-Commerce etc
- Get Ultra Detailed Stats
- Use Alexa and whatever web service you want
- You lose access to the wordpress.com community(No followers,No Freshly Pressed and no Reader)
Thats all.Thats a small price to pay for so many benefits.
Well now lets get down to Business.Heres how you do it
1.Find a Host and Set Up
Firstly,Find a host who offers MySQL and FTP access. 000WebHost andZymicwould be good choices.For This tutorial,Ill go with 000WebHost.Now go to FTP Details.Download FileZilla and WordPress from wordpress.org.
2.Set Up MySQL
Second set up a MySQL database for wordpress to communicate with.Its easy and simple.Click on the MySQL in you control panel and the rest is self explanatory.
Thirdly,unzip the wordpress file and upload all the files inside to root directory.In 000webhost,upload to public-html directory,Dont place the files in a separate folder.It wont work.Then visit your site.A worpress screen should come up.It should say that it couldnt find a config file.Never mind,it not an error.JUst click the button to allow setup to create one for you.Next screen is the MySQL settings.On 000webhost,just go to the MySQL link in your CPanel and all the details you need should be there.Just enter it into the setup.If youve done everything right,It should come:All right sparky!Wordpress can now communicate with your database.If not,copy whats written and post it in the comments.Ill help you.The next screen is pretty straightforward and all it asks is some personal details and website related stuff.Just fill it in.Its no hassle….Then click done.Thats It..You should now be able to log into wordpress!
4.Transfer your Blog
Go to your dashboard in your original wordpress.com blog and click tools.Then click export.Download the xml export file and save it.Now go to your dashboard of your wordpress.org blog.Click import and it should prompt you to install the wordpress importer.Do it and import your blog.It should import successfully.Secondly,download your theme by going to its official site by searching it on google.Then upload it using FileZilla to wp-content/themes/.Make sure its unzipped!Activate the theme and add your previous widgets.Thats it! Your blog is now transferred.If you want,delete your old blog.
If you have any trouble respond in the comments.Im always ready to help!