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King In Exile
The CR archive features every single issue of the magazine, from our launch in 1980 to the current issue. All subscribers can access it, giving you the chance to delve into the history of the creative industry over the past four decades.
Apple first found its way into the pages of CR via its advertising – not the blockbuster Ridley Scott/Lee Clow kind but the more humble fare of the reseller. In the early 80s Apple products were distributed in the UK via such retailers as the Apple Centre Croydon whose ads were a regular feature in CR.
Each new Apple launch – from the ill-fated PowerPC era through the Powerbook G3 and, of course, various iMacs, was introduced to CR readers via these pages. Dizzying speeds of 66MHz and hitherto undreamed-of memory of, ooh, 300Mb were promised with each glimpse of our future.
Back in the late 90s no-one was quite sure what kind of future Apple itself had. A bright young Brit called Jonathan Ive had been brought in to help revive the product range: when we interviewed him in January 1997 he had just been promoted to Design Director and was sounding optimistic. “I hope I can convince the guys back at Apple to be string and clear in what they do,” he told us. “We mustn’t be insipid.”
In the piece we canvassed a few Apple fans about what they thought the company should do to regain its magic, including one Douglas Adams. “I wish Apple could return to the innovation and imagination that’s always been its strength in the past,” he said. “Apple needs to find a direction – dare I say a vision.”
That vision was articulated later in the year by Steve Jobs in his keynote at the San Francisco Seybold publishing conference which we reported on in November that year. The Think Different ad campaign was launched and Jobs was scathing about previous efforts: “Apple spends a fortune on advertising but you’d never notice it”, he said, citing Nike as a n example of what Apple aspired to do. It may seem unimaginable now but at the time Apple was under real threat from Windows NT which even those in publishing were switching to at an alarming rate. Many at the conference were predicting Apple had a year tops to turn thing around.
Which if course they did. By the next time we met Ive (interviewed by Malcolm Garrett in September 03) Apple was in a very different place. And Ive, surrounded by vigilant PRs, was much more guarded about what he said. Sample response to a question about the Newton: “No, no…er yeah… I can’t talk about that”
And there then follows in the CR annual an array of beautiful packaging design which wins year after year Apple as enters a period of unsurpassed success. But we’ll leave it to another design legend for one of our favourite Apple-related quotes, Alan Fletcher. For our 25th birthday issue, we asked him to pick out some of the most significant changes in the industry. Citing the Mac, he said: “There’s no doubt that the Mac is a marvellous machine and an invaluable tool for designers today. I have one In the studio and it’s used on a daliy basis. Admittedly, I art direct while someone else pushes the buttons. However what’s really sinister is that every time you upgrade one bit of software – or hardware – you have to buy another bit to make the bit you just bought work. And so it goes on. It’s as If some frightful robot’s got you by the throat with one hand whilst his other Is rifling through your pockets.” Quite.
Jay Rock may be the oldest member of Top Dawg Entertainment‘s now-veteran roster of rappers, but he also holds the distinction of possibly being one of its most overlooked. While TDE diehards clamor for new material from Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and even Isaiah Rashad, it seems that the grizzled Watts-bred vet hasn’t generated quite as much discussion online as his compatriots.
That may all change in the coming weeks as TDE has announced that the label’s next release will be Rock’s third studio album, Redemption, June 15. It’s been three years since his sophomore album 90059, which has given the Nickerson Gardens prospect plenty of time to both grow as a person and sharpen his craft. His most recent outing, the triumphant single “Win,” already teased a slightly different direction than the defiant, harrowing street tales and muted beat selection of 90059.
Rock also delivered a standout performance on the Black Panther soundtrack single, “King’s Dead,” alongside Kendrick Lamar and Future, which may have the desired effect of drawing a bit more attention to the usually understated lyrical assassin. He also put some points on the board on TDE’s Championship Tour, donning a full basketball uniform — complete with headband and shooting sleeve — to deliver impassioned verses alongside TDE team captain Kendrick during his electrifying set. The combination of fiery guest verses and primetime billing during the label’s tour may finally achieve the desired effect of taking Rock from valued role player to vaunted star. We’ll find out in June.
Redemption drops June 15 via Top Dawg Entertainment.
Do you want to move your site or blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?
While WordPress.com might be a good entry point for you to get started with blogging, as your blogging needs evolve, you may want to switch over to self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org) that gives you more control over your blog.
WordPress.org is a fully featured content management system. Aside from giving you full control over your blog, WordPress.org lets you customize the look and feel of your blog the way you want, monetize it however you like, add third-party tracking including Google Analytics and a lot more.
In this step by step tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
Here’s a list of the steps we’ll cover through this guide:
- Purchase a web host
- Install WordPress
- Export your content from WordPress.com
- Import your content into self-hosted WordPress
- Import your Blogroll links
- Set your WordPress.com blog to private
- Redirect visitors and preserve search rankings
- WordPress best practices to follow after site migration
Step 1: Purchase a Web Host
In order to move your site to a self-hosted WordPress platform, you’ll need to own a custom domain name and a web hosting account. If you already have a custom domain set up on your WordPress.com site, you can keep the same domain name even after you move it.
Domain name: Your domain name is your site’s address on the internet, like Google.com or IsItWP.com. It’s what your customers type in their browsers to access your website. A domain name normally costs around $14.99 per year, but we’ll show you how to get it for free later in this article.
Web hosting: As you may know, WordPress.com is a free blog hosting platform, which comes with a lot of restrictions, like the inability to install plugins and limited customizability, etc. When you’re moving to a self-hosted WordPress site, you’ll have to purchase a hosting account. Your web hosting account is where your site’s content and files are stored.
Think of it as your new website’s house. When a visitor tries to access your site by typing your web address (or domain name), they’ll be directed to your website files stored on your web hosting server. Web hosting typically costs $7.99 per year.
When you’re starting out with self-hosted WordPress, the combined cost of domain and hosting can seem like quite a lot.
That’s why we’ve worked out a deal with Bluehost to offer our users a free domain name, free SSL, and 65% off on WordPress hosting.
Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world. They are also an officially recommended hosting provider by WordPress.org.
To purchase a web hosting account, head over to Bluehost website and click the Get Started Now button.
On the next page, you’ll now be asked to choose a plan. Since you’re just getting started, you can choose the basic plan that also includes a free domain and free SSL. You can always upgrade your account as your site grows.
You can now either choose an existing domain you have or purchase a new domain for free. If you weren’t using a custom domain on WordPress.com, we recommend getting a new domain anyways since it’s free.
You’ll now be prompted to enter your account information. For easy registration, you can sign in with Google with just a couple of clicks.
After entering the details, scroll down the page until you find the package information box. You can select the basic plan for 12 months, 24 months or 36 months. To save money, you can uncheck the addons that are preselected by default. When starting out, you won’t be needing these addons. You can always add them later if needed.
Note: Choosing the 36 months plan will get you the best value for your money!
Once you have configured your plan, scroll down the page further to enter your payment details. You will need to agree to their Terms of Service and then, click Submit.
You’ve successfully subscribed to a hosting plan. You will be asked to create a password for your account. After that, you’ll receive an email with details on how to log in to your web hosting control panel (cPanel) where you can manage everything from hosting files to emails and support.
Step 2: Install WordPress
After purchasing a web hosting account, the next step is install WordPress on it.
With Bluehost, you don’t have to go through a separate WordPress installation process because Bluehost now does it by default. All you have to do is choose your WordPress theme, specify the name and tagline for your blog, and you’ll be ready to get started with WordPress.
After subscribing to your hosting plan, you’ll now be prompted to choose a WordPress theme. You can pick just about anything on this step because you can always change your theme later.
You’ll be then asked to choose the name and tagline for your blog.
After specifying the details, click Next. Bluehost will now automatically install WordPress for you. Once it’s done, it will show you a screen like this:
You can login to your site by appending wp-admin to your URL. Here’s how your WordPress login URL should look like:
You can now log into your WordPress blog with the credentials sent to your email address.
Step 3: Export Your Content From WordPress.com
Log in to your WordPress.com account and head over to your blog’s dashboard. Then go to Tools » Export.
You’ll be directed to a new page where you’ll be asked to choose between free or guided transfer. In the Export section, click Start Export.
Next, choose All content to export your entire content from WordPress.com and then hit the Download Export File button.
An XML file will be downloaded in your computer containing all your posts, pages, images, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, navigation menus and other information.
Step 4: Import Your Content Into Self-Hosted WordPress
Now that we’ve exported your content from WordPress.com, the next step is to import them into your new site. Log into your new WordPress dashboard and go to Tools » Import.
Next click on Install Now beside WordPress. This will install the WordPress importer plugin on your new site. Once it’s installed, click Run Importer to activate the plugin. It will take you to a page where you’ll be asked to upload your WordPress.com XML file that you’ve downloaded in the previous step.
Choose the file and click Upload file and import.
Note: if your file size is larger than your upload limit shown on the page, then you have two options. You can either request your web hosting company to increase your upload limit temporarily or split your file by using a WXR file splitter.
After uploading, you’ll be prompted to import authors or assign posts to existing users. If you want to import attachments, select the checkbox and click Submit.
Once everything’s done, you’ll see a success message.
Step 5: Import Your Blogroll Links
If you’d been using the Blogroll links feature in your old WordPress.com site, then you might want to import them into your new site as well.
Blogroll links are exported in OPML format. It is an XML format that allows you to export and import your links and link categories. You can find your WordPress.com OPML file by visiting an address like this:
Make sure to replace example with your WordPress.com blog’s subdomain. If you are already using a custom domain with your WordPress.com blog, then you might replace the entire domain as shown below.
Once your OPML file is opened in your browser, simply save the file on your computer by pressing CTRL+S (Command+S on Mac).
After downloading the OPML file, you need to import them into your newly installed WordPress.
By default, the self-hosted WordPress does not provide a link manager like WordPress.com.
To enable links just like your WordPress.com site, you’ll need to install a plugin called Link Manager from the plugin repository.
The plugin hasn’t been updated in last two years but you can confidently install it as it doesn’t need updating.
Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu, Links in your WordPress admin bar.
Now in order manage links and blogrolls of your WordPress.com site, you need to import them into your WordPress site. Visit Tools » Import and click on Blogroll to install the OPML importer and then, click Run Importer.
You’ll be prompted to upload the OPML file you saved earlier. After choosing the file to upload, click Import OPML File.
You’ll see a success message once all the links are uploaded.
Step 6: Set Your WordPress.com Blog to Private
Obviously, we don’t need to keep two separate sites with same content on both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress. You’ll either need to redirect all users to the new site or keep your WordPress.com site private, so it will be visible only to you and the users you choose.
In this step, let’s take a look at how to keep your WordPress.com site private.
If you don’t want to redirect your old users to the new site, then go to Settings » Reading. Under Site Visibility, choose I would like my site to be private.
If you have been blogging for a while and have grown a loyal audience, then it doesn’t make sense to leave them hanging. Google and other search engines might also have indexed your site. You should keep both your search engine rankings and your old users intact on your new site.
We’ll show you how to redirect your visitors and preserve search rankings in the next step.
Step 7: Redirect Visitors and Preserve Search Rankings
Redirecting users to a new location with a 301 header is the standard solution to keep search rankings while moving a site from one location to another. With WordPress.com, you don’t have access to .htaccess, so you can’t make any changes on your own to retain search engine rankings. However, WordPress.com offers a paid upgrade, Site Redirect, which provides this functionality.
Go to the Site Redirect page on your WordPress.com account and select your old site to redirect.
The redirect functionality is priced at $13 USD per year. This upgrade provides 301 redirect allowing your site’s visitors and search engines to be automatically redirected to your new site.
Now you might be wondering, how long should I keep paying for this redirect feature? The answer is as long as you want to. However, we recommend you to keep this feature at least for 2 years. This way you’re giving enough time to your users to memorize your new domain name.
If you are changing domains, then another thing you want to do is update all in post URLs. If you’ve ever inter-linked your posts, then make sure to update those links in your new site.
WordPress Best Practices to Follow After Site Migration
Now that you’ve completed transferring your WordPress.com site to WordPress.org, the next thing you want to do is to follow WordPress best practices to keep your website secure and grow your audience on the self-hosted WordPress platform.
Before you choose a random free theme for your site, take a look at our list of top WordPress themes and decide which one would be the best choice.
Upon migration, below are a few things you need to do immediately on your new WordPress website.
- Contact form: Add a contact form to your WordPress website. You may also want to check out the best WordPress contact form plugins.
- Add Google Analytics tracking: Add Google Analytics tracking on your new WordPress site by installing the MonsterInsights plugin.
- WordPress security: Provide bulletproof security to WordPress by installing some of the
best WordPress security plugins.
- Improve WordPress SEO: Boost your SEO by using the best WordPress SEO plugins.
- WordPress back up: Schedule a backup of your WordPress site with the
best WordPress backup plugin.
- WordPress performance: Improve your WordPress performance by installing the best WordPress caching and other WordPress performance plugins.
- Prevent spam comments: Prevent spam comments by installing the Akismet plugin on your site.
- Grow your website: Grow your visitors and customers by using the best WordPress lead generation plugins.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Having helped hundreds of users move their blog from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress.org, we’ve found that people ask the same sort of questions again and again. This is why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions, so you can easily migrate your blog, hassle-free.
What happens with my WordPress.com subscribers?
To migrate your subscribers from WordPress.com to your self-hosted WordPress site, you’ll need to install the Jetpack plugin. Using Jetpack, you can transfer your subscribers by following this tutorial.
What are the costs of switching to WordPress.org?
WordPress is free. As described in the tutorial, to redirect your users and to keep your search ranking intact on your new site, you’ll have to subscribe to Site Redirect, for $13 per year for at least 2 years. Aside from that, you need to pay for domain name and hosting account to run a self-hosted WordPress site. You can purchase a domain name for $14.99 per year and a hosting account for $7.99 per month. Altogether, running a site on a self-hosted WordPress platform will cost as low as $123.87 annually.
You can find thousands of free themes and plugins for your blog. However, if you prefer premium themes and plugins, the running cost of your blog may go high.
I already paid WordPress.com, can I get a refund?
Yes! WordPress.com allows you to try out their paid plan risk-free for 30 days. If you’ve purchased their paid plan in the last 30 days, you can ask for a full refund. If your domain name is registered in the last 48 hours, you can also get a refund for it.
Will my images break?
No, they will not. When you transfer using the import file, all attached images are downloaded and the links are updated. However, there is one issue that we noticed. If your image URL starts with files.wordpress.com, then they can’t be converted. If you notice that the image URL has not changed and still points to WordPress.com, then we recommend that you use import external images plugin to migrate your images risk-free.
I registered my domain through WordPress.com, can I still move?
Yes, you can. If you already have a domain name registered through WordPress.com, then you might only need a web hosting account. You can point that domain name to your new self-hosted WordPress site. Alternatively, you may transfer your domain name to a domain name registrar like NameCheap or Godaddy.
Will my website go down when I switch?
No! You can move your website with zero downtime by following our tutorial.
We hope this guide helped you seamlessly switch your WordPress.com site to self-hosted WordPress.org.
You can start tracking your self-hosted WordPress site by installing Google Analytics.
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