In this article, I will show you how to migrate from WordPress.com to WordPress.org . Before we jump right into the steps, you might ask, what is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Why should I move to WordPress.org? How do I know which WordPress version I am on?
Well, here are the reasons why I made the switch, the problems I encountered and how I overcame them.
How do I know which WordPress version I am on?
Google “check my website hosting” and click on any link. Alternatively, go to https://hostingchecker.com. Key in your website and it will show you who is your hosting provider.
What is Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Self Hosted. You have look for your own hosting provider to host your website and you own the domain.
I highly encourage you to sign up with Siteground(affiliate link) if you have not done so. Speaking from my personal experience, I have encountered issues when performing my site transfer and am unwilling to spend USD 30.00 for Siteground to perform the web transfer on my behalf. Hence, I spend much time holding chat sessions with their customer service agents in order to troubleshoot my issues encountered. I dare say that they have superb customer support – the waiting time is short, their staff is knowledgeable.
1.Problem: After completing the steps above, the installation script failed to load. My website is throwing out an Error 404.
How to Troubleshoot: Have you installed WordPress software on your Hosting Provider?
How to check: Go to Siteground → My Accounts –> cPanel –> Softaculous –> see that WordPress is installed
2. Problem: After completing the steps above, the installation script failed to load. My website is throwing out an Error 404.
How to Troubleshoot: Check your DNS settings
How to check: Go to Siteground → My Accounts –> cPanel –> Advanced DNS Zone Editor → check if the IP address in there is matching the IP address on your hosting provider’s portal. If it doesn’t, perform a reset for your zone file.
Clear cache and refresh your installation script.
If it is still showing Error 404, wait for 2 to 3 hours for the DNS settings to point to the wordpress.org domain.
3. Problem: Siteground Migrator Plug in not working
Error after Generating Token
How to Troubleshoot: This is because this tool is meant for moving a WordPress site from another hosting provider to Siteground.
As my account is with Siteground to begin with, the tool will show an error.
I recommend performing a manual website transfer.
Do you find the steps above useful? Are there any areas which can be further clarified? Feel free to comment and I am sure we can work something out together!