If you have gained a following on a WordPress.com blog site but are looking to switch to a self-hosted solution, then fear not: you can easily transfer followers from your WordPress.com hosted site into your BoldGrid site.

The differences between a self-hosted WordPress installation and WordPress.com hosted site are important to understand before getting started:

A “self-hosted” WordPress site would be installed and managed on a personal hosting account. Conversely, a WordPress.com account is managed and distributed from WordPress servers. In this guide, you are required to access both sites to initiate a transfer of data.

Installing and Connecting the Jetpack Plugin

To follow the steps in this article, we assume you have installed the Jetpack plugin and connected it to your WordPress.com hosted site. Nevertheless, the steps to accomplish this are simple.

  1. Install JetpackInstall Jetpack plugin.
  2. Connect JetpackConnect Jetpack to WordPress.com.
  3. Log into WordPress.comLog into WordPress.com.

Starting the Migration at WordPress.com

Now that the Jetpack plugin is installed and connected, and you are logged into WordPress.com, we can begin the migration process.

  1. Switch sitesUse Switch Sites to select the self-hosted site.
  2. SettingsGo to Settings.
  3. Migrate followersAt the bottom of the page select the option to Migrate followers
    from another WordPress.com blog
    .

The process of transferring all of your followers can take a few hours depending on the amount of followers you have. In some cases, the wait may be shorted. In either case, it is best to expect to wait. You will receive confirmation from WordPress once all of the followers have been migrated.

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