Moving wordpress.com to self host but can't create new login

wordpress

#1

Hi,

I’m moving from a wordpress.com site to self-hosting at dreamhost. i installed wordpress.org to the site from dreamhost, and received an email directing me to create an admin user, but the link keeps bringing me to the old wordpress.com site. I cannot delete the old site, as I have the “domain upgrade”. How to I fully make the switch and create a new user/site?

thanks
sara


#2

If you are trying to set this up before making changes to your DNS then you need to create a mirror for the setup and testing phase.
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/DNS_-Viewing_site_before_DNS_change
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/DNS
-_Accessing_your_Database_before_DNS_change

If you have changed your DNS already then what you are waiting for is DNS propagation which usually takes about 12 to 24 hours but can take up to 3 days to reach all nameservers worldwide. This is true of any DNS change, and has nothing to do with wordpress.com or dreamhost, it’s just the way DNS is cached.


#3

Also make sure you have everything you need from your wordpress.com account before you switch your domain, especially if you are using the WP Export/Import feature to bring your content and images over.

At Wordpress.com, you can probably switch from using your custom domain back to the ‘sara.wordpress.com’ - the sub-domain you were using before you upgraded. Then activate the domain at DH and move your content

Or, you could also use a temporary Dreamhosters.com sub domain to do the initial conversion and then move WP to your domain after you move your content.