Magento Setup - Copy development files to live store

I’m working on getting Magento set up on my VPS server and need some help.  I have the newest stable version installed in a dev and live instance.  Now, I am trying to figure out how to move the files I need from the dev instance to the live instance without interrupting the live instance.  I have been following the Magento-provided instructions but the live site is not showing the theme on the front end and the information that is in the database I copied over is in the mySql db but isn’t showing in the backend of the Magento admin panel (things like customer and catalog items).

These are the steps I have followed:

1. SSH to public_html
2. mysqldump -h localhost -u devdbusername -pdevdbpassword devdbname | mysql -h localhost -u livedbusername -plivedbpassword livedbname
3. Update /app/etc/local.xml username, password and dbname
4. Update core_config_data web/unsecure/base_url & web/secure/base_url with live URL
5. Copy my theme folders to app/design/frontend/default/ & skin/frontend/default
6. Login to Magento admin and reindex

I must be missing something.  Can you help?
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katmajonesAsked:
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miked2004Connect With a Mentor Commented:
1. Are you sure that the database got update?
2. did you have to change the values for "web/unsecure/base_url" after migrating the database?
3. You should not have to update the local.xml file. if you had a live instance running allready then the database connection info should have already been set and would not change.

4. Did you Clear Cache.
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katmajonesAuthor Commented:
I'm sure one of the things mentioned was my problem.
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