In parts 1, 2 and 3 the focus was on getting the blog data out of the old system, cleaning it up, and converting it to a modern format that can be imported into a modern WordPress site. At this step, you can either spin up your own WordPress install, or just put it into hosted WordPress.
One of my goals was to never have to admin WordPress again. I’m tired of constantly having to patch it, or deal with security issues in plug-ins. So I’m putting everything into WordPress.com.
After part 3. we’ve got a WordPress WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) export/import file. We just need a place to import it into.
Create a wordpress.com account and empty site
Load your WXR file
Log in to the control panel for your blog. Go to “Tools -> Import” to get to the Importer Screen. Select “WordPress” and follow the directions to upload your WXR file.
View your new blog
In the left menu panel, select “My Sites -> View Site” to see your new blog, with (hopefully) all your old content. Check the older entries, check embedded links. They *should* all be there. If they aren’t, you may have to go all the way back to Step 2, and re-do the editing, then Step 3 and Step 4! I got pretty lucky, or was thorough enough with my initial editing, that everything I needed was recovered completely.
Enjoy a Frosty Beverage to Celebrate
May I suggest a great California IPA?