Many of us start blogging as a hobby and then move into more professional mode. Starting out with blogging is very easy and you can create a free blog at sites like WordPress.com or blogger.com.
However, it becomes a bit of a hassle when you decide to get your own domain name, because you have to move all your posts and comments to your new domain.
There are several services out there which provide users with options to make this move easy and it looks like WordPress has now officially jumped into the game. Today, WordPress introduced a new service called "Guided Transfers" which will allow you to move your WordPress.com blog to your own personal domain running WordPress.org.
The service ensures error free transfers and will cost users $99 to move. The Guided Transfers service includes the following features:
- Install the WordPress software at the recommended host of your choice.
- Transfer over your entire WordPress.com site.
- Install and configure Jetpack and a few other plugins to provide features that you have been using on WordPress.com.
- Configure and test permissions so that you’ll be able to have one-click installs and upgrades.
- Switch your domain(s) over.
- Provide full support for you on your new WordPress installation for a two week period.
Earlier this week, WordPress had also launched a new service called JetPack which brought all the WordPress.com goodies to your self-hosted domain. In addition to that, WordPress also has a blog backup service called VaultPress which backs up your blog database and files.