Step 6: Changes are on the way!

This means that for a little while, dustinluther.com will be in a strange state where comments you make will quite likely NOT be saved.

In addition, because my email is configured through the same wordpress.com backend as dustinluther.com, I may never see emails sent to dustin@dustinluther.com if you send them tonight.

Much better to call me 805-624-6086 or find me on twitter: http://twitter.com/tyr

However, when I come back, I’ll quickly be adding a new tool that I can’t wait to share with you’all.

And if you’re wondering why I’m switching, I can tell you that it is with great reluctance.  I really love having the fine folks at WordPress.com manage the backend of my site.  Their tools and service have been most excellent.   However, I kinda outgrew the WP.com hosting in that I need a bit of functionality that they simply can’t provide. :)

By the way, here are the notes I’ve taken for myself in terms of the steps I should follow in order to move dustinluther.com hosting from a WP.com backend to a self-hosting environment.   I searched for a list like this, but didn’t find one, so maybe this will help someone else out down the road.  But you should really wait to find out if I’m successful first!  ;)

[UPDATE: After I completed the move, I wrote a more complete list based on my experience... as oppose to the "plan" that is listed before!  Check out that post on moving from a hosted wordpress.com domain to a self-hosted environment]

Steps to move from wordpress.com to a self-hosted environment:

  1. Export out posts/comments XML file to hard-drive
  2. Save a copy of the blogroll’s OPML file
  3. Copy the header graphic to hard-drive
  4. Set up new database with the host and configure wp-config.php file to point to new servers.
  5. Upload, but don’t activate, wordpress files to the new host servers *
  6. Publish posts saying changes are on the way  (THAT’S THIS POST!) :)
  7. Change DNS settings on my domain registrar to point dustinluther.com to the new host.
  8. Ask new host to recognize dustinluther.com as the new primary domain
  9. When recognizes dustinluther.com as the primary domain, then run the WordPress 5 min install
  10. Import blog posts from XML file  (make sure to check the option that batches in all multimedia!)
  11. Configure MX settings to get Google Apps working with new host
  12. Wait for DNS settings to take effect and begin redirecting traffic to the new site!

* Note I actually ran threw a test where I completed steps 1 through 4 AND activated the WP blog using the dummy domain I had set up with the host just to make sure I would have no problems installing WP on their backend. I then deleted everything and started over for the “official” move because it seems more intuitive to me to wait to “activate” the WP blog until after it’s going to be configured to the correct domain.

I hope my notes will work. But if I’m not back online by the morning, you’ll know why!

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