Transfer site from subdomain to domain

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    chantal2012
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    I will soon be designing a site for a client who currently has a functional site.  I will be designing his site (using Lifestyle theme) on one of my sub-domains.  Once it’s done, I’d like to be able to install the newly designed site on his domain so there is no down time on his site.  Does anyone know of a good tutorial for this?  I can’t seem to find one…

    #29066

    braddalton
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    Install the WP Migrate DB plugin and enter in the clients domain name and server path.

    Export the database.

    Create a new database on the clients server and import the sql file.

    Download the files and edit the wp-config.php file with the new db connection details.

    Upload the files to the clients root directory on their server.


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    #29077

    chantal2012
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    Wouldn’t it be easier to just upload the files to my desktop once i’m done designing and then download them via FTP to the client’s site?

    #29083

    Anita
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    I don’t like copying all the files like that. Hosting companies are really finicky. I am old school. I do this:

    Install WP on client host
    Use FTP to transfer the Genesis Framework and the Theme
    Use FTP to transfer any plugins I am using
    Go to Tools > Export from my demo (save to computer)
    Go to Genesis > Export from my demo (save to computer)

    Log in to client dashboard:
    Activate my SP theme
    Activate any plugins needed
    Go to Tools > Import the file from my hard drive
    Go to Genesis > Import the file from my hard drive

    Make any necessary adjustments to the menus, widgets, etc. Make sure analytics are there, etc.

    You will have to manually do some things because plugins do not active and configure by using those backup plugins.


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    #29102

    braddalton
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    upload the files to my desktop once i’m done designing and then download them via FTP to the client’s site?

    You mean download them to your desktop and upload to the clients server using FTP? Yes of course but how about the database?

    You need to install the plugin which does a search, find and replace on the server path and url’s otherwise your links will be broken because you’re changing domains.

    The method i mentioned is the most effective and effecient way of doing it and i’ve done hundreds of migrations/transfers using different methods and written about it over the last 3 years.


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    #29103

    chantal2012
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    Ok thanks…it just sounds so confusing but I’ll try it….

    #29111

    braddalton
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    This is the easiest way to do it.


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    #34802

    chantal2012
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    I am very nervous about doing this for the first time….I have built a new site for a client at http://telephonetraininguk.co.uk/new and want to transfer it to http://telephonetraininguk.co.uk. With Anitac’s method, I’m assuming that the links have to be updated manually? I would probably try Brad’s idea (just because the plugin does seem easier and the links get updated)…However, I am just not sure of the steps…can anyone recommend a good tutorial for this?

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    #34860

    braddalton
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    Here’s a video which you can watch starting from the 1 minute mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yams2cg691w


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