There are significant differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, yet it is a good decision to use the .com platform during the initial stages.
The latter one is easy to use, but it features tonnes of features, which requires experience to handle everything. I’m not saying one of them is hard, but the .org version features a lot of things to worry other than just publishing.
Those added features bring a lot to the table, which eventually increases the functionality of the blog and makes it more user-friendly.
Using those features, one can easily start a business and there are dozens of proven ways to earn from the content you publish.
I guess you already made the mind to make the switch and all you’re looking for is the guide to make that possible.
First of all, it is possible to make this transition with keeping everything as it is. Secondly, all you need to do is to follow the procedure mentioned in this guide and everything will be good to go.
As I said, the procedure is not that tough, if you follow the steps one by one. Just ensure you don’t skip any of these in hurry, and read everything mentioned.
The First thing you will to have a domain and ideally a WordPress optimized hosting for expert support and an overall faster and secure site.
Out of the many I have tried and tested over the years I would recommend SiteGround where you can get your site hosted for as little as $3.95 per month. They will give you a Free domain, Free SSL certificates which is the golden standards for 2017 and beyond. That is if you care about having a website that ranks great in Google.
In the case of file size exceeding the 32MB threshold, you need to use WXR File Splitter that will divide the files into pieces. Thus, making it easy for you to do the export and import procedures.
You can install and activate Jetpack plugin (free to install with a dozen of free modules), that can import most of the functionalities to this new self-hosted blog. It will make you feel home. However, this is totally optional!
Considering you’ve made the transition successfully, the easy part is over. Working with WordPress.org is not a thing one can learn in a day or two.
If you’re really interested in knowing at least, the basic details to keep blog safe and up all the time, I’ll recommend you to have another blog and use it to experiment.
Try and check every button and functionality you see inside the Dashboard and learn everything as you can. This knowledge you’ll curate is going to help you keep the primary blog safe from everything.
Or, you can hire a professional who can take care of the blog. There are a few recommendable hosting plans you can look at. Managed WordPress Hosting plans is what you should look for which includes everything related to the management part, leaving you with the publishing work only.
How was the procedure? Easy to remember and follow?