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How to Properly Move Your Blog from to is a great place to start your WordPress website. After a while however you may want to use a custom theme or install some plugins. In this video, we will show you how to properly move your blog form to

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Summary of this Tutorial:

Start by signing up with with a hosting company so you have a place to put your site.

Log in to your site go to Tools, Export and choose export all content and click download export file.

Save the xml file locally and this should be all of your content.

You would then want to follow our tutorial on how to install WordPress below.

With WordPress installed go to Tools, Import pick WordPress from the list

Install and activate the importer and choose your xml file.

During the import you can choose who the files are assigned to and a checkbox to import the images.

If your xml file is larger than 2mb you’ll need to ask your hosting company to increase the limit or split the xml file.

Now your site should be moved mostly but you need some cleanup.

On your old site you’ll want to either set your site to private under Settings, Reading

or use their offsite redirect.

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Comments ( 28 )

  1. My images and media are not transferring, when ive exported it has media files separately do I need to upload twice?

  2. Do u have a video to move from org to .com? It's better since Ipage has ruined my stuff.

  3. This is not a good explanation of how to migrate your site.

  4. Hi! I am WPBeginner follower and I am very happy with your useful content. I have Bluehost and a blog through them that is in construction. Today I found out the difference between WP dot com and dot org, and definitely I want to move to dot org. I have a free theme and could’t do much on site-blog because there are no font-color-design options. I want to stay on the free side until I’ll understand more and know what to do with the payment plans. Please do you have any advice for me? All the best 🙂

  5. I have go daddy and wordpress on it can i still change from to and will it keep my theme name, posts and pictures?

  6. Thank you for your video, but I have one question left: How can I move my site from to if I have my domain hosted with instead of an external host?

  7. You go way too fast!! Im finding another video.  Sorry.

  8. Do we "import" the XML file to our or to our initial account?

  9. Is there any chance someone can do the work for us? Not nearly good at this

  10. Everytime I try to log in to wp-admin/wp-login it goes to site, like, my old url..

  11. I have blue host and through blue host I've installed Word Press to my custom domain that I had on How do I access the version of the admin? I've changed the custom server names to redirect to blue host and I've followed your steps above. I also canceled my plan with because I didn't see why I would have to pay $100 a year to them and blue host. Please help!

  12. what happens if I already have a domain name with Does it transfer over to even with bluehost?

  13. When I went to Export, it didn't give me any options to move to a site. It just asked what content i want to export. Does it matter what kind of plan you have?

  14. Thank you for the video. If I do export/import files and do not set to private or redirect will the old and new website be operational but just on their different domains? Thanks.

  15. I have blue host and WordPress installed on it, I did everything, except when I clicked import, it had a "run importer" link underneath plain text for each category. And whenever I did that, i followed the rest of the steps and it didn't work. I repeated this entire tutorial about 7 times and it still is not working.

  16. Hi I have a and web host @cheap I sincerely am not in the know how of these technicalities, and hope you can do it for me. how do I get a and have all my followers and blog posts, pics saved for the Please help me. Thanks a lot.

  17. Could I use a domain from google that I purchased for

  18. My site has 8 different authors, will they still be able to upload if I switch from to

  19. Hmm. I'm not seeing the 'Tools' menu on my site. This is a 2014 video, I understand. How would I navigate for the 2016 version?

  20. how do i install to my site, i have downloaded the files

  21. when importing I got the below message but I've had no email off wordpress to tell me it's done. Is there any other way to tell if it's been imported?

    We're processing your import now and will send you an email when it's all done. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, please contact support, and we'll get everything fixed.

  22. She  moved way too fast in the video

  23. If I'm using a domain which i bought from can i still use that domain on

  24. Thanks so much for this video! 🙂 It was the clearest tutorial on the subject I've found. I thank you, and my blog thanks you!

  25. On 1:18, it doesn't ask me to install the wordpress installer plugin. It just takes me to the import file page but won't let me choose the wordpress file as a whole. Just certain parts of it.

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