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How do I copy a site from a private server to WordPress.com? (9 posts)

  1. jswilkins
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    A friend developed a site, theme and various other goodies for me on his commercial site. I cannot copy it over to the WordPress.com server. We have a paid for domain on wordpress.

    I want to do a straight copy of all files, including any binaries. But I cannot figure out how to do this. I'm not a unix maven or anything; I just want to take the files over directly or via a ZIP archive.

    So: How do I do this? How do I access the file structure on wordpress.com's install of my site? What do I need to modify once I do copy all files? Should relative links be maintained? Any help would be useful as the WordPress Help pages are incomprehensible to me.

    This is quite urgent: the site is for a course that starts Monday.

  2. pvashist75
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    First of all have a look at this link : http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress
    Check if you have ftp access. That way you can upload and manage the files on hosting.
    For accessing file structure through wp admin i would suggest this plugin that has many options related to file managing

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-filemanager/

    tell me if it helps

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm sorry but these forums are for self-hosted WordPress sites only. Please try asking your question on http://en.forums.wordpress.com/

  4. jswilkins
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I now realise this. Sorry. We decided to make it a self-hosted solution as WordPress.com doesn't give access to the files.

    But it is obvious that the process of moving an entire site could be made a lot easier.

  5. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    A friend developed a site, theme and various other goodies for me on his commercial site.

    Is his site a wp site? Was the site he developed for you working - wp actually installed, the database built etc.?

    If you have no data yet it may be you just need to install wp and use the theme that was developed for you.

    WP really works best with absolute links. Since the posts are rendered dynamically wp keeps track of where everything is in the database.

  6. jswilkins
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It was a fully working site, but try as I might (and I tried for two days) I cannot reconstruct the functionality or themes he used. So copying the whole site over was the best solution. As it happens, we are going to use that install commercially to do the job but in future I would like to know how to do this without resorting to command lines.

  7. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

  8. jswilkins
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I could not ftp to wordpress.com. That's what went wrong.

  9. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    We decided to make it a self-hosted solution as WordPress.com doesn't give access to the files.

    So you have yet to move it to the new host and server?

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