Transfer WordPress.com site to WordPress.org
Step 1. Getting Started
3 things you need to check before transfer wordpress.com to wordpress.org
- Make a self hosted version of wordpress
- Purchase your domain name
- Choose a theme for your self hosted website
After checking these you can now proceed in migrating your website and follow the next steps
Step 2. Export Content From Your wordpress website
In order for you to do that, go to your wordpress.com dashboard and then go to tools then select export. On the next page choose “all content” or you can select any specific content that you want to export, and then click “download export file”
Afterwards you should see a download start for a file that ends in .xml. This file contains all of the data for your WordPress.com site.
Step 3. Import WordPress Content on your new site
Next thing to do when your export file is ready, you need to go to the dashboard go to tools and then import and select and click install now under wordpress options
Note that the maximum size is 32mb, if you exceed more than that you might have some problems in migrating your site
After you click install now the button will change into Run Importer then you have to click it. Next, you need to choose the file to import, check the Choose File and select the .xmi file that you have downloaded earlier, then click file and import.
On the next screen you will be asked if you want to assign your posts to new authors, basically you can assign it to the existing author and i recommend to select yourself as an author. Otherwise you can create a new user account.
After that check the box where it states Download and import file attachments, this will move all content from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, then click submit, once the process is done, double check if all of the image are there. And you will see on the confirmation screen saying have fun.