Moving from a wordpress.com site to your own WordPress site

I’m making this guide for all those out there using WordPress.com sites who may want to move to their own hosted service. There’s also moving from one self-hosted site to another, which I recently did, but that’ll be covered in another guide.

So, to start off, you should have a wordpress.com site that you want to move. This is one which is hosted by wordpress.com and probably has a url such as “blog.wordpress.com”. For this guide, I’ll be using my old site: triplezerox.wordpress.com as an example. At this stage, nothing needs to be changed with it. We’ll first need to find a new hosting provider and (optional) your own domain name.

Hosting set-up and Domain Names

There are an abundance of hosting providers out there, each with different plans, etc. A standard WordPress blog does not need anything fancy, and the cheapest plan will usually do. Specifically, WP only needs PHP5, MySQL and a web server such as Apache – this will generally be included and configured by your web hosting provider. Spend a good amount of time researching which provider you want – read reviews about their service, support, compare pricing, etc. Once you decide on one, you are usually with them for at least a month, but pricing is usually better when you sign up for longer period such as one year. There are plenty of reliable US based hosts, such as Bluehost but there are many available outside the US as well such as UnitedHosting and AltusHost. The main features of a plan that you should keep in mind are disk space, bandwidth.

Disk space will limit how much content your site can store. Text usually does not take up much space, but if you intend to have many images or other content on your site, it can really add up and so I’d recommend at least 500MB.

Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred to and from your site each month. This will vary according to the number of visitors and the content you have. Each time someone visits your site, they are (probably) downloading all the text and images which show up on it and that could amount to a few hundred kilobytes or a few megabytes. As a rough indicator, my site has averaged about 150k hits per month since it started, and my average traffic has varied from 30-50GB per month.

Ibluehost_shared‘ll leave the choice of a host up to you, but would be happy to provide my opinion on a host that you have in mind. I’ll be using Bluehost’s basic shared hosting as an example. This particular plan includes a domain name (e.g. “zxzxzx.info”) as part of the plan. Some other plans may not. If one is not included, you will have two options: ‘buy’ your own domain name, or use a free one. Free domain names are usually in the form “myname.hoster.com”, and as such, are not “top-level’. One thing to note is that the prices shown when signing up are usually a sign-up only price that only lasts for a year, that is, the renewal cost will generally cost more. In the case of bluehost, I believe it was $7.95 per month afterwards.

Now, regardless of which hosting provider you went with, the next steps will likely be the same. It will take some time for ‘propogation’ and set-up after you sign-up and pay for hosting until your site is ready. This will generally take several hours, but can take up to 48 hours. If you bought your own domain name separately, you will need to point your nameservers to your hosting provider.

WordPress Setup

installerOnce everything is setup, you should be able to visit your site’s url and see a sample page which indicates that it is ready. You’ll now need to login to your hosting account to set things up. You should look for a “dashboard” or “cpanel” where various install_locationfeatures and applications can be accessed. From there, look for something like “one-click installer”, “softaculous” or “installatron”. These are tools which will help you install everything you need for a WordPress blog without getting into the technical details. In the case of bluehost, I simply had to click on “Install WordPress”. You will want to install it at the root directory e.g. http://blogname.com/ so that is is accessible from that url.

install_options

wp_loginFill in any extra options that there may be with your own details. There’s no need to enter the username as I have, it could be anything you like,  Installation should take just a few minutes. Once installation is complete, you will either see a coming soon page or a blank new WordPress blog. You can then login to your new site by appending “/wp-login.php” to the end of the url.

Login to your new site with the credentials that you made during setup and you will be presented with the familiar WordPress Dashboard. wp_dash

First things first, we want it to be clean, with only what we need. Visit the Posts section, and delete any of the sample “Hello World!” posts which are there. I would recommend permanently deleting them by emptying the trash as well. Proceed to do the same for Pages and Comments.

Head into Appearance > Themes and click to add a new theme. You’ll then want to search for, install and then activate the theme which is on your old site. The name of your old theme can be found in the footer and this step is purely to maintain compatibility.

wp-footer

Feel free to customise anything in the Settings area to your liking. One particular setting you may want to change is “Permalinks”. Next, go to Tools > Import, and select WordPress. You will likely be prompted to install the WordPress importer plugin, which you should do. After installation is complete, head into the Plugins section.

plugins

Akismet, Jetpack, and WordPress Importer are what I see as the basics to get started. You can always add more as you go. Anything else which was pre-installed can be deactivated and deleted. It would be a good idea to activate Akismet (set the slider to $0) and connect to WordPress.com with Jetpack now – you can use your existing WordPress.com account. Feel free to customise your Jetpack options.

Back up and Import your old WordPress.com site

exportHead back over to your old site at wordpress.com and go to the admin panel / dashboard. From the sidebar menu, go to Tools > Export > Start Export. Make sure that all content is selected and then click on “Download File”. That file will contain all your data up to that point, and any new comments or changes afterwards will noimportt be included so it would be best to let your site readers know.

Once that is done, simply go to Tools > Import > WordPress and select that file to be imported.

import-options

You will want to ensure that the settings are as I have above. This will import the original authors exactly as they are, and retain them on all their posts and also download all the images which were on your site. Once done, head to the Users section to ensure that the roles and other details are correct.

Not everything will be perfect, but all the important things should be there. If you had any sidebar widgets, those will need to be redone, but that’s usually just a copy paste job. Any header and featured images will probably need to be set again. Menus should also be functional, although you may need to tweak them a bit.

Most things should now be complete, and you should stop using the old site so that only one of them remains up to date. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, I’ve realised that I may have used a lot of technical terms in this post, so just let me know if anything is unclear.

Original Site: http://triplezerox.wordpress.com/

Moved Site: http://69.195.120.60/test/
Update: Link above is dead now as I have moved from host.

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The guiding hand of fate?

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So I was on my way to meet up with my high school mates tonight, and just happened to pass by this Japanese bookstore that I rarely visit. Perhaps it was coincidence, or maybe not. I was going to get the ebook from Amazon but I guess this saved me from doing that. Might revise life.1 a bit sooner now.

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Help me and my friends out a bit

So I’m currently working on a group project / assignment for one of my uni subjects. We’re conducting a preliminary survey for our website which will focus on stroke prevention. It should only take 5 minutes to do, but please only do it if you’re serious and have the intention of doing it properly. We’re gathering info at this stage about potential users of a stroke information/education website. If you have any other feedback feel free to leave a comment here.

The Survey

We have enough responses, so it has now been closed. Thank you everyone!

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High School DxD Volume 21

Yo,

The translation of volume 21 starts today! I’ll be doing the SS and Seikoku at the same time, at least until I’ve finished the short story and a chapter of Seikoku. I’ll start off slow for now and will probably speed up after my Easter break.

On a side note, does anyone have a high quality raw for V21? The one I have is rather poor in quality which makes it hard for me to check some words and the honorifics.

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After a difficult deliberation…

This has taken me a while, but I’ve finished thinking about the results of the poll, and after taking everything into consideration, this is what I have decided on.

Slot 1: High School DxD 20 —> Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi —> High School DxD 21
Slot 2: Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha v3, v4, v6 —> Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica v2

Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica: By doing this, I’ll have completed the ‘Holy Trinity’ of ecchi light novels :S
Shinmai Maou and Hagure Yuusha are written by the same author, and apparently he’ll be going back to writing more Hagure volumes soon. Volumes 3, 4, 6 and newer of SMnK still need to be completed, and I’ll be working towards that with J2270A and Arsl31 – the official Chinese release is only up to v7 at the moment. I then plan to move on to HYnA and switch between these two if necessary.

Sekai no Owari no Encore: I’ve spoken to Code Zero about this one. He is still translating at his own pace, so just be patient. There is also something else which is a good thing for this project and you may hear about it soon.

Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou: This is already a web novel which has been translated. The light novel has a few volumes out. Yes, I’ve heard that the early parts of this are poorly done, but it has been done nonetheless and that should make it easier for someone who wishes to pick up the LN.

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?: Actively in translation by another translator(s).

Seiken Tsukai No World Break: This was simply my personal bias. I didn’t enjoy the anime very much, and I feel as though the LN would be a bit tedious to translate.

Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi: This seems to be a rather interesting harem story. It’s almost finished I think? Anyway, there’s a lot of content/volumes to do on this one, which will make it a good long-term project alongside DxD. It feels like a waste that only 5 volumes out of 20 have been translated.

Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru!: Like Arifureta, the web novel has been translated. I’ll assume that the LN wouldn’t have any major changes and is basically a revised version  of the WN. I feel like it doesn’t ‘need’ a translator urgently.

Infinite Stratos: Have read volumes 1-5 of this one and found it quite entertaining, but there wasn’t much actual plot. Only one or two volumes and it’ll be up to date, but that’s because it’s had some publication issues and is coming out rather slowly. Perhaps a project for another time, or for another translator.

Magi Craft Meister: Same reasoning as the other WNs really. There have been various people who translated the WN, which is why I feel less inclined to translate the LN.

Fate/Apocrypha: Last updated in October, but nonetheless, it hasn’t been announced that it’s been dropped and given Fate’s popularity, I think it would find a new translator if it does get dropped. I would just give it a bit more time.

Feel free to agree or disagree with me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. For the WNs, I feel that having some kind of translation is at least better than none, which is why they ranked lower on my list. I predict that it will be many months before I look for another project again, so I apologise for not being able to do everything in the poll – I wish I could, but I’m only human after all.

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Light Novel Popularity

So this has been planned for quite a while and I’m finally starting it now. Ishibumi’s recent twitter post has informed us that volume 21 of High School DxD will be out next month in March. I’ll be finishing V20 very soon, then resuming Shinmai Maou, but I’ll probably have some time for one volume of another novel before I get my hands on a source for V21. So here’s a poll of the 35+ novels which were on my requests page.

I’d just like to gauge the popularity of the various novels which have gotten onto that list to help me decide on what to translate next. Of course, I reserve the final decision as I’ll have to find a source and raws, as well as its current status and how much catch-up reading I’ll need to do. I know I’d have a hard time picking something out of that list, which is why I’m sort of shifting that on to you 😉 But, due to limitations of my polling plugin, you’ll only be able to choose two novels when you vote, so choose wisely 🙂

Edit: Let me know if you do have any news about the status of some of these novels. I wasn’t bothered to look them all up. The reason why I’ve removed some novels is because they’re either already up to date and do not require my attention or there’s already a translation team making good progress on it.

Edit 2: I will not be adding anything else onto the poll now. I’m going to assume that if it wasn’t already on there, it’s not going to get enough votes. Thank you for updating me on the status of some of these novels. I’ll leave this and see how it goes now before I compile a shortlist and then make a decision.

Edit 3: The votes have pretty much plateaued and have become stable so I’m closing this off early. Sorry for the disappointment GATE fans, I have the same problem as Skythewood so I won’t be able to do it. So top 10:

  1. Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica
    – Stalled project on B-T
    – Skipped/incomplete volumes for translation (2-3, 9-11)
    – Both Japanese and Chinese raws available
  2. Sekai no Owari no Encore
    – Idle project on B-T
    – Five volumes released. One and part of the second are translated.
    – Japanese raws available. Taiwanese published volumes 1-3 on my bookshelf.
  3. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
    – Not a B-T project yet
    – Web & light novel. Two or three volumes released. None translated?
    – Japanese raws available. Chinese has 2 volumes.
  4. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
    – Currently being translated
    – Less than 4 incomplete volumes
    – 3 active translators
  5. Seiken Tsukai No World Break
    – Teaser project on B-T, not updated for a year
    – One volume complete, out of ten released
    – Japanese raws available. 7-8 volumes available in Chinese
  6. Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi
    – Halted project on B-T
    – Five, partial sixth volumes complete, out of twenty released
    – Japanese and Chinese raws available for all volumes
  7. Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru!
    – No B-T project
    – Web novel, translated by various groups/people
    – Light novel as well?
    – Japanese raws probably available, Chinese has 2 volumes
  8. Infinite Stratos
    – Stalled B-T project
    – Eight of ten released volumes translated
    – Japanese raws available. Chinese up til v9
  9. Magi Craft Meister
    – No B-T project?
    – Five LN volumes, originally a WN.
    – Japanese probably available. Chinese up to v3 I think
  10. Fate/Apocrypha
    – Is a project on B-T
    – Five volumes, currently being translated by Eternal Dreamer/Nanodesu & CanonRap. Last update October 2015.
    – Japanese and Chinese available.

I’ll let you know what I end up deciding on soon…

Light Novel Popularity

  • !**Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There ---REMOVED (21%, 1,165 Votes)
  • Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica (6%, 362 Votes)
  • Sekai no Owari no Encore (6%, 315 Votes)
  • Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (5%, 279 Votes)
  • Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo? (5%, 263 Votes)
  • Seiken Tsukai No World Break (4%, 217 Votes)
  • Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi (3%, 191 Votes)
  • !**Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan ---REMOVED (3%, 179 Votes)
  • Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! (3%, 163 Votes)
  • Infinite Stratos (3%, 153 Votes)
  • !**Date A Live ---REMOVED (3%, 148 Votes)
  • !**Musaigen no Phantom World ---REMOVED (3%, 144 Votes)
  • Magi Craft Meister (2%, 133 Votes)
  • Fate/Apocrypha (2%, 128 Votes)
  • Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (2%, 116 Votes)
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (2%, 103 Votes)
  • Zero no Tsukaima (2%, 95 Votes)
  • Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (2%, 92 Votes)
  • Fate/Prototype (2%, 89 Votes)
  • !**Campione! ---REMOVED (2%, 89 Votes)
  • Hidan no Aria (2%, 86 Votes)
  • !**Oda Nobuna no Yabou ---REMOVED (1%, 81 Votes)
  • Sayonara Ryuusei Konnichiwa Jinsei (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Hundred (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (1%, 73 Votes)
  • Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (1%, 69 Votes)
  • !**Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai ---REMOVED (1%, 68 Votes)
  • Absolute Duo (1%, 65 Votes)
  • Rune Troopers (1%, 55 Votes)
  • Konjiki no Moji Tsukai (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Kenshin no Keishousha (1%, 51 Votes)
  • Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Hyouketsu Kyoukai no Eden (1%, 39 Votes)
  • Ore to Kanojo ga Geboku de Dorei de Shuujuu Keiyaku (1%, 38 Votes)
  • One Turn Kill of The Dark Partisan (1%, 33 Votes)
  • Risou no Himo Seikatsu (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Hybrid X Heart (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Swords and Wizards (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Commushou no Ore ga, Koushou Skill ni Zenfurishite Tenseishita Kekka (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Garudeina Oukoku Koukoku Ki (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Asobi ni Iku yo! (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Shiro no Koukoku Monogatari (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (0%, 19 Votes)
  • !**The Reunion With Twelve Fascinating Goddesses ---REMOVED (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Yomigaeri no Maou (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Ore to Kawazu (0%, 16 Votes)
  • !**Magika No Kenshi To Shoukan Maou ---REMOVED (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Majin Tenseiki (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Seiju no Kuni no Kinju Tsukai (0%, 6 Votes)
  • H+P ‐ひめぱら (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,535

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Poll closes on the 1st of March , UTC +10 at midnight.

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Finally Home

Hey there,

I finally arrived home yesterday after several flights and slept almost the entire day. I’ve got a few things to sort out as there would be after being away for 5 weeks but I’ll continue translating soon. It was a wonderful trip overall and I had a great time, so thank you Peru!

I’ve probably missed a lot of everything but I guess I’ve still got some time to catch up 🙂
I’ll be replying to all the messages/comments I got these next few days, in the meantime – anime recommendations for this season?

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A bit about what I’m doing right now

Hola,

So it’s been about two weeks that I’ve been here in South America. I’d love to see it all, but with only about a month here, I’ll only be staying in Peru.

The flights here were more than 20 hours in total not including time spent in airports for stopovers but due to timezones, I landed in Lima the same day I flew out. More time to spend here? No, not really – I’ll spend two days flying back. But, that’s all part of flying long distance.

I’m about halfway through my trip right now. I’ve visited Lima, celebrated the New Year and my birthday in Trujillo and now I’m in Cusco. The first half week was mainly just sightseeing and exploring. In the second week, I did a Spanish crash course which was really helpful as I can at least get directions and understand menu boards. So now I’m continuing with Spanish classes Monday to Friday for this week and the next while I homestay with a local Peruvian family. There’s no better way to learn a language than to immerse yourself into the culture 🙂

In the afternoons, I’m volunteering with an organisation which is trying to assist a less privileged community. I’m mainly painting and doing some labour work for their school for a few hours a day. It’s honestly more tiring than I thought it’d be to learn Spanish and volunteer at the same time, but it feels great. On weekends, I’ll be doing trips to other cities, and I’m pretty hyped for my trek starting next Saturday to Machu Picchu!

At first, learning Spanish was a lot easier than I expected it to be because of the similarity to English and the similarity of some words. But it’s gradually getting more difficult with many many words to memorise and lots of grammatical rules with exceptions. I haven’t tried reading many books in Spanish yet but I’m planning to try the Spanish translation of DxD at the end to see how much of it I can understand.

Yo se que algunas personas de habla espanol leen mi blog. Yo apreciar todo conversacion o preguntas para mejorar mi espanol. Por favor disculpe mi limitado de vocabulario y gramatica. Es dificil recuerdo las gramatica reglas y palabras. Yo estoy probo escribir esto sin el diccionario, mi cuaderno, o Google Translate.

Anyway, it’d be a real pain to type everything in Spanish while I’m still learning the basics. I probably won’t have another post until I get home so I’ll give you an update then.  I’ve read some of the comments, not all, so I’ll get back to everyone when I get home as I only have my phone at the moment.

It seems like Baka-Tsuki is still ok, although I don’t know the details. For those who have asked and will ask – I’ll continue translating regardless of what happens. But I really like Baka-Tsuki so I’d gladly help out.

Hasta luego

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New CSS – what do you think?

Since there’s only about half a month until the new year, I thought I’d start making some visual updates to my site. The most obvious would be the sliding menu which has replaced the old static image I had there. The normal menu has also changed slightly.

A major thing I’d like feedback on is font and line spacing. The font has been changed so that may affect readability. Is it better or worse than before? Any suggestions for a font to use? Font size? I’m still trying to find something that’s comfortable.

There are also minor changes everywhere which probably aren’t worth mentioning too much. Aside from that, I’ve been putting off “Boosto Comments” for a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to fix it up and have it working by next year.

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Vote for terms to use in High School DxD v20

If you’ve read the chapter titles, you’ll know that there’s an upcoming one called ‘Parents’ but also Life.1 before that. So far, there are a lot of references to parents so I’d like to know what you’d prefer. Let me know if you have something else. Poll closes Sunday 22nd @6PM my time (UTC +10).

How should 'parents' be shown?

  • Okaa-san / Otou-san in every instance (43%, 172 Votes)
  • Okaa-san / Otou-san when used in dialogue. Mother / Father when not in dialogue. (28%, 111 Votes)
  • Okaa-san / Otou-san when used in dialogue. Mum / Dad when not in dialogue. (16%, 63 Votes)
  • Mother / Father in every instance (7%, 29 Votes)
  • Mum / Dad in every instance (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Other. (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 403

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