Before exporting your blog you’ll need to register a domain name for your site and rent some server space.
I was lucky enough to have a friend who offered to host my site on his servers so I didn’t have to fork out for this. I did, however, have to register my domain name. As my friend buys domains in bulk he was able to get mediocremum.com for £9. I have no idea where he registered it but I’ve seen others mention GoDaddy, Google Apps, 123-Reg or 1and1.co.uk. This is in no way a personal recommendation.
Then you will need to find a new home for your blog. You may have to rent some server space. Again, I didn’t have to do this myself so I’m reluctant to recommend any. When I was researching migrating lovely @tiddlyompompom sent me this document, ‘How to Migrate Your Blog….’ which was really helpful. It does have a couple of recommendations for Web Hosting Services.
Once you have this in place you are ready to start exporting your blog.
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