Moving Out of WordPress

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Today, I decided to migrate my blog from WordPress to a self-hosted  domain : I was lucky enough to find available and so I grabbed it and ran away!.


When I realized that I could do more outside WordPress, I decided to take the risk. I am still using WordPress as a blogging platform. What I changed is where my blog is hosted. One other important thing is that I don’t have to type .wordpress when visiting my site anymore! Now a few takeaways:

  • When trying to migrate your [] blog to a different host, you first need to have a fresh wordpress installation in that location (new host). You can achieve this through the 1-click installer provided by web hosting companies or download wordpress then use a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client like Cyberduck to upload your files. One thing worth noting also is the need to sometimes create a database – remember to copy all the credentials like database name, host, password and the username. This is always possible when uploading wordpress from your machine. You should then edit the wp-config file by supplying the above mentioned credentials.
  • The second step after uploading your files and installing wordpress (, you want to most likely transfer your contents from the old blog to your new location. To add your old posts, comments and everything else needed, using your wordpress admin dashboard on your old blog, under tools, click export. You will get an xml file after clicking download/export button. Keep it safe – you will need it.
  • Having downloaded the xml file, go to your new location at ‘‘ , go to your wordpress admin dashboard and then using the same procedure as above, choose tools, then import (as opposed to export). Browse to where your xml file is located and upload it. Select a user – most likely to be you.
  • That should do it. You can choose to export your contents in parts – for example posts, pages etc.

One of the many reasons why I chose to move out was the need to use plugins and even edit some stuff. WordPress is cool but when you reach a point where you cannot change anything, you might as well be dead.

In summary, this process might be a little intimidating especially if you are not familiar with web hosting. I would like to thank you for stopping by. If you like anything posted here, please subscribe or like my Facebook page. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. Thanks again and see you soon. Take care!


Written By Elisha Chirchir

Elisha Chirchir is a software developer. He is also the founder of Simple Developer and co-founder of Instinctive Software Solutions. On any given day, he works on both Android and Web Development. During his 'free time', he offers training to those interested in learning how to code in php, java, python, javaScript etc. You can easily find him on StackOverflow Android chatroom or on Twitter @Eenvincible

2 Comments on “Moving Out of WordPress

  1. Lloyd Reply

    April 11, 2013 at 3:10

    Great article. True facts and easily understood. This will help many.

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      May 31, 2013 at 6:27

      I am glad you think so. Thank you for stopping by and the comment as well.

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