Moving wordpress blog to new hosting and new domain ?

Posted on 2011-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have a blog running on  wordpress. This is on my hosting and domain and not on wordpress server. I have a directory named blog where the blog resides.
Now i want to move this blog to a new hosting and a new domain. I will not be accesing the old domain once the blog is moved.
I was wondering if anyone has done this before in some easy to understand steps, it would be great and helpful. I am so very confused looking at the instructions on  wordpress site.

I will appreciate a step by step method if anyone is an expert with experience in doing this.

Thanks so much...

all your help is highly appreciated.

Question by:kansun
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    So what happens when you develop your site locally and then need to deploy it to hosting is everything you have done to this point in Wordpress is keyed to your local site.  All paths written to the database are local.

    What needs to happen is all of those paths needs to be changed to the new URL.  This is a several step process...

    So, to move a Wordpress site, I recommend the following steps.

    0. Backup everything, including the MySQL database for this site
    1. Install a clean copy of Wordpress on the hosting account with the right domain name in settings
    2. Copy everything in the uploads folder to the new server via FTP.
    3. Create a MySQL dump file from the local database and use it to import all of the database entries from the Dev site to the live site.
    4. Get the Find and Replace plugin, install it and use it to update all database entries from localhost/blog/ to  This should fix any path issues
    5. Copy your desired theme from the local site to the hosting site using FTP.  It will go to /wp-content/themes and then reactivity it through the Paul
    6. Reinstall your plugins
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    I'm reading your question as you didn't develop the site on localhost, but on a different hosting server.

    These are good instructions that include forwarding your old to domain to your new one.

    Also take a look at WordPress codex instructions

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    I think I provided a working answer.
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