Normally, I do a step-by-step process with the How To’s but right now there are plenty of other blogs that walk you through the process of setting up or moving your wordpress blog.
I’ve moved several blogs from different hosts and I can tell that it gets easier and easier but that doesn’t mean it’s so easy that I would let my dog take a whack at it.
Remember your blog is your home (or barn) on the internet and it’s no fun to rebuild that home (or barn) when you accidentally knock it down yourself.
So here’s what I would do if I were doing and I didn’t have the knowledge of blowing up my past blogs.
I would probably pay for it.
That’s hard for me to say. I’m a cheap guy (you can ask my wife). I like to figure things out on my own and then take a crack at it.
Am I successful? It really depends on if I think I can give up without someone knowing.
So if you are in the process of setting up a blog, I would recommend the free services of WPbeginner. I haven’t used them yet and I’m not an affiliate but everything else they say on the website is legit so why would they lie about free setup.
All you have to do is buy the host and the domain (you can get both from wordpress) and just have them set it up.
They also have a couple of posts on the do it yourself process.
Michael Hyatt (I’m a big fan of his podcasts “This is your life”) also has a video on the overall wordpress set up that’s supposed to take only 20 minutes. I’ve never set up a new site that fast but, like I said, things are getting easier.
Now when it comes to moving your wordpress.com to a wordpress.org website, you may think that I’m going to say “hey, you can do this.” You know, because you’ve been blogging for a while and you know how wordpress works.
But again if I didn’t have my experience, I think you’ll be better off letting the experts handle it. For $129.00 per blog with a system they called “Guided Transfer“, I think that’s a steal. I’ve spoken to developers about these kind of things and most of them charge that for an hour’s worth of work. They will not be able to move your blog in less than an hour.
I would rather you let the experts handle the move and you concentrate on what you are good at doing. Working the farm and telling the world your story – that’s so much better then fighting to get your website back up and running.
What do you think? Are you going to tackle this project by yourself or let someone else do it?