I am seriously considering making the switch from Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org. May I know whether there are any members here who has made this switch? I have a few questions about the whole procedure and I'd like to contact a book blogger who used Wordpress.com before migrating to Wordpress.org.
Id like to know this answer too,
I know there are quite a number of Blogger book bloggers who switch to Wordpress... but there don't seem to be many Wordpress.com book bloggers who switch to Wordpress.org.
I recently made the switch from blogger to wordpress.org so I can't help but the suggestion I would have would be to ask on both wordpress forums. I'm sure people there have made the switch.
It should be a seamless migration if you have backups of files embedded in the posts (such as pictures). Usually, you just download all your content and import it into your new, self-hosted blog. Since it's the same platform, there should be no loss of data. You may have to change a few links though.
Hope this helps.
Wordpress.org has an importer and exporter files for migration to another blogging system. They are part of the installation package under the Tool button. Check the forums on wordpress.com. The same people that built the self hosting package also created wordpress.com. I can't see why they wouldn't have an exporter to make it easy for people to migrate to the self hosting application.
I made the switch. What do you want to know?
Are you using any plugins for email subscription? I have 100+ email subscribers in my old blog, and I don't quite like the idea of adding them one by one to the feedburner list. :)
As others have said, switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org should be as simple as exporting your entries from your wordpress blog and importing them to your wordpress.org blog. I tried Googling your question about Email subscriptions. This page suggests making a list of your Email subscribers and Emailing it to feedburner's support (I'm not sure how easy this would be for you since I'm not familier with the system you're using, but check it see if you can export a CSV file).
Thank you, Joss. I have email FeedBurner support. I hope they'll be able to help with this.
Does anyone know of a website where I can create a blog badge for free? I'm terrible at graphic-making, but I have a rough idea of how I'd like my badge for my new site to be.
I had most of my blogs on my own server and my book blog on wordpress.com. I wanted more control over that one as well so I pulled it to my server and the switch was as easy as clicking "export" on .com and "import" on .org. I then went back to the .com and put a big notice to go to the new site and shut down comments on all the old posts. It's still there if anyone ever bumps into it, but my statistics tell me nobody's done that in months.
Going to shut off all comments now. I forgot to do this... Just wondering, the wordpress file that you imported, did it exceed the 2MB limit?