Moving from wordpress.com to a self-hosted site

Moving from wordpress.com to a self-hosted site

I came across a site owner stuck on some issues involved in moving from wordpress.com to a self-hosted site. Her main concern was having her new site still searchable from the wordpress.com reader. It’s easy to see why, as she has built a loyal tribe of over 5000 followers. After writing a quick caveat about cheap web hosting, I didn’t think much more about it. But a follow-up comment from her the next day prompted a revisit and some more investigation on my part. And I’m glad I did. As it turns out, she can migrate to her own hosted site and take her current followers with her. Her site and posts will be available to her current followers. Unfortunately, her posts will not show up in the searchable content of WordPress reader for non-subscribers. It’s not the perfect solution, but much of what she wants is possible using the Jetpack plugin. I had used Jetpack several years ago, but haven’t really checked out its current functionality. It’s jam-packed with tools to make managing and promoting your blog a snap. Features available just on the free version are enough for most niche-interest bloggers. Jetpack Features The free-version features that stand out are: Free photo CDN – This is a great way to speed up your site. All your images are hosted on the WordPress CDN (Content Delivery Network) so there’s less bandwidth and space used on your server, and faster download times for your site visitors. Lazy image loading – This also improves site speed and bandwidth, as images are loaded only when a user scrolls to that position...