Transfer your blog from to

Transfer your blog from to

Most bloggers I know use WordPress to start off their first site. Of course, starting out is always a bit tricky and scary, so most people opt for the option. is free and easy to use. All you need is login information, and you’re basically good to go.

The downside to using is the fact that “” is added to your domain (for example: At one point, your blog will start to become successful and maybe you’ll want your own domain. This means transferring your website from to

Before you start a website with your own domain, consider the following tips I give in this blogpost. In short, set up your hosting, your domain and choose a customizable theme. Follow these steps before transferring your blog from to

Steps to transfer your blog from to

  1. After you set up your hosting and domain, log in to your account.
  2. Create a back up. Go to Tools >> Export and choose a free export. You want to download “All Content”. An XML document will be downloaded to your computer. The XML document contains all of your website (blogposts, pages, categories, media etc.) to import to export
  3. Login to your account by going to Go to Tools again, but this time choose “Import”. You want to import a WordPress site. Press “Run Importer” and upload the XML document. to import

XML file is too large

Of course there is a chance your XML document is too large to upload at once (the maximum is 64MB). This means you will have to split up your document. You can do that yourself by making a new XML file for every category (pages, posts, etc.). Or you can use the WXR File Splitter (for Windows) and the WordPress WXR Split Utility (for iOS). Download the programs andย  follow the steps. When you’re done splitting the files, upload them seperately.

Blogroll on

If you have any links installed on your blog, you will have to transfer these differently. does not have a link module. So you can either skip this and use another blogroll on your site. Or you can import them from your site and follow some additional steps to put them on your site.

To be completely honest, I don’t know how many people still use this feature on their site. I know I never did.

To download your links, go to “”. Your OPML file (the file that contains the links) will open in the window, which you can then save to your computer.

Login to your website ( and go to plugins. Install and activate the “Link Manager” plugin. After you have successfully installed the plugin, you will notice you see “Links” in your dashboard menu.

Go back to Tools >> Import, but this time, choose Blogroll. You can then upload your OPML file that you just saved on your computer.

Happy blogging! You know where to find me for questions.


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