HOW TO: Transfer Your Blog From to [VIDEO]

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Premium themes are now available for, but the nature of the system still limits what plugins can be used and how deeply customized a design and overall site structure can be.

For that reason, it is natural that some users will want to take the leap to the self-hosted software.

Transitioning from to may seem daunting — especially for users who have lots of content and multimedia already hosted on That’s why we decided to put together this screencast that walks through the entire process from beginning to end.

Moving From to

Note: This process covers moving from an existing blog to an existing installation. If you need help installing or finding a web host to use with, WordPress offers some recommendations.

Using Plugins to Re-create Features

As I point out in the screencast, the real key to getting to function (and look) like an older site comes via plugins.

Automattic, the company behind, has customized its hosted version of WordPress to include some built-in features that just aren’t included in a standard installation.

As a result, some media like videos, embedded tweets and polls may not show up properly.

I mention some of the most common plugins in the video, but here are some quick links:

  • Stats — This will give you the same kind of stats on that are available to users.
  • VideoPress — If you have ever paid for the VideoPress video upgrade, this plugin will bring the same functionality (and access to your VideoPress videos) to
  • Wickett Twitter Widget — This is the same widget uses to display tweets in the sidebar of a blog.
  • Grunion Contact Form — This plugin was used as the basis of the new Contact Form feature in
  • PollDaddy — This plugin will enable any polls created in

After the Move

After moving content from to and installing any plugins to enable native functionality, users may want to consider purchasing the Site Redirect upgrade from

For $12 a year, will redirect your old WordPress site links to the new site. These are proper 301 redirects which means search engines will get updated to redirect traffic as well. That also means that most users won’t need to pay for the upgrade after the first year.

You can learn more about Site Redirect at and add the feature from the Upgrades section of the dashboard.

Your Tips

Have you ever migrated from to Let us know your tips in the comments!

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