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Transfer WordPress from WordPress.com to Your Self Hosted WordPress

Transferring a WordPress.com hosted blog to your self-hosted WordPress blog requires the following steps:

Step 1: Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account

Please refer to the following article for detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your HostGator hosting account using QuickInstall or a manual installation:

Step 2: Export WordPress.com Blog Files

To export your WordPress blog files:

  1. Log in to your WordPress.com dashboard (example.com/wp-admin).
    Note: Please replace example.com with your actual domain name.
  2. From the left-hand navigation menu, click Tools > Export.

    WordPress Tools tab

  3. Download the XML (WXR) file to your local computer.

Step 3: Import WordPress.com Blog Files

To import your WordPress blog files to your self-hosted WordPress site:

  1. Log in to the WordPress dashboard on your HostGator account. For help logging into WordPress, please read: How to log into WordPress.
  2. From the left-hand navigation menu, click Tools > Import.

    WordPress Tools Tab.

  3. Click  Install or Run Importer under the WordPress option. 

    WordPress Importer

  4. In the browse box, navigate to the export file downloaded to your local computer in Step 2.

    Import xml file

  5. Click the Upload & Import File button.
Give the import process some time to complete (depending on how large your export file is), and everything should be imported correctly. Once the upload completes, refresh the blog hosted on your HostGator account to view the newly imported information.