WordPress Website Move To A New Server

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So over the last 2 weeks, I’ve been working to load up a new client’s site on my server. It’s been rough, to say the least. If you decide to do this, it’s my recommendation that you follow these steps:

  1. Read everything you can on a site migration
  2. Contact your host for pointers – read their knowledge base too
  3. Rethink moving from the existing host
  4. Setup WordPress on your server
  5. Change your computer’s hosts file to point to the new IP of the server.
  6. Make a back up of all the WP files created in step 4
  7. Setup the Database EXACTLY like the previous host’s DB
  8. Ensure you have ALL the files from the previous “Designer”
  9. Double check to make sure you have all the files including the template files.
  10. Load all the files over the WordPress instance on the new server
  11. Import the provided sql database. (There are 2-3 ways of doing this – I used MyPHPAdmin)
  12. Ensure you will be able to email from your new server – If the client doesn’t point their MX record to your server you will want to order a new one or download a WP SMTP plugin. Your forms will not email effectively if you don’t.
  13. Check the site
  14. Make sure you have a .htaccess file in the wp-admin directory as well as the root dir.
  15. Have the client’s IT professional point the DNS to your new server IP address.
    • If you have to move down a dir a the test one, you’ll need to change the original DB created when you loaded the WP instance – to point to the lower dir, otherwise you won’t be able to log in to WP

You’re done – That is if you REALLY have all the files from the previous designer – AND if you have a data file in a usable format. Read step 3 twice. Read step 9 three times. DO NOT skip step 12 or 13.

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I have 2 blogs now... and considering a Picture Only Blog as well - a la Tumbler. But since you're reading this... I could be described as a Website Designer, Internet Business Consultant, SEO Helper, Social Media Apostle, Semi-Professional Networker, Mountain Biker, Soccer Coach, or Artist - I'm also a Technology, Speed and Gravity Junkie, Road Cyclist, Skier, Tinkerer, as well as a Music, Food and Art Aficionado. Oh, and I pretty much love all things Apple. This blog is meant as an experiment. I just want to know if it can be found based solely on people endorsing it on http://empireavenue.com/mollask or google search results. Please tell me how you found me, and if you find my posts, here, interesting. I work for www.evolvesolutions.com You can learn more about me on www.linkedin.com/in/douglasmkelly There is, of course, a Facebook Fan Page - visit and I will post... wait, that's backwards... http://on.fb.me/EvolveFBFanPage -- And a whole 'nutha blog at http://blog.douglasmkelly.com

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