Couple of quick points when it comes time to move your wordpress.com site over to a self hosted site. This can be especially painful for a large site with lots of users.
- Export gives user name but no email and NO OTHER content. No password, no author status – You will have to edit this for all your users once your import the content
- Export does not give users who do not have at least one post. – This can be a problem if you have people who don’t post but who edit other peoples posts.
- Export WILL give users who are not on the users list but have made a post. – This can be confusing when you go to edit users.
- The nice part is that the XML content that you export from wordpress.com has links to all the media you uploaded and will import that into you new site.