We recently reported that Automattic was working on a way to make the transition from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org installation easier. Today they have made it official.
Hew Sutton, a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, posted on the WordPress.com blog that for $99 Automattic will provide users a fully guided transition to a self hosted WordPress.org installation. They’re calling the service Guided Transfers.
The move includes the transition of the complete .com site, content, permissions setup, domain setup, two weeks of support, and the installation and configuration of “Jetpack and a few other plugins to provide features that you have been using on WordPress.com.” The offering is also only for an Automattic “recommended host.”
This may help explain why some hosting providers were excited about the Jetpack announcement. The list of recommended hosts includes Network Solutions, Godaddy, Blue Host, Media Temple, and DreamHost. Guided Transitions certainly sweetens the deal for them, and perhaps Automattic’s referral numbers as well.
So how do you feel about this announcement? It certainly will make these services more available to WordPress.com users. There are third parties and developers that offer the same thing already, but Automattic offering it obviously makes it more visible and a less-scary proposition to the average user. Share your thoughts in the comments.