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  • I have searched through the forums but there is a lot of varying information, so I am hoping after I explain my situation someone can guide me in the right direction.

    I have developed out a wordpress site on my server and need to move it to another domain on my clients server. He already has wordpress installed and is running a current theme. I have imported all the pages into the development site and have modified them according to the new theme I designed.

    I need to know the best way to switch everything over with the least amount of down time.

    I was thinking I would need to delete his current pages and posts and then activate the new theme and then reimport all the pages/links etc.

    Then I would do a search and replace for the changed URL.

    Is this the best way to do this?

    And what is the plugin you recommend for backing up wordpress and moving it?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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  • Have you taken a look at Moving WordPress?

    For a quick export and import of a database, phpMyAdmin works well. Instructions here on WordPress Backups.

    Use WP Migrate DB. It’s awesome, fast and flexible. I use it often in production settings.

    Do you need to keep your client’s old site files at all? If not, I’d move them above the web root so they won’t get accessed and then just ftp your stuff over.

    I dont think I need to keep his old files no, Would it be better to use a different prefix in the wp-config file so that it writes in a different set of tables in the database, like a new install?

    I just dont want to mess anything up :/

    Your help is very much appreciated 🙂


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