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Help moving my website to a new location on my server

  • I should not be attempting any of this myself. I’m in over my head.

    I set up http://www.cjsmithphotography.com set up with cjsmithphotography.com/outofchicago.com as my blog. I’d like to make http://www.outofchicago.com it’s own wordpress install. Last night I tried following the instructions to move to a new server. I think that I followed them correctly. But when I type http://www.outofchicago.com it is still forwarded to http://www.cjsmithphotography.com. It was being forwarded to cjsmithphotography.com/outofchicago, but I changed the Godaddy settings to stop forwarding. Now it just goes to cjsmithphotography.com. What would be sending it there? How do I even tell it where my new install is? I copied it to a subdirectory of cjsmithphotography. It is in an OutofChicago folder in the root of cjsmithphotography. Can anyone help?

    Thanks! Chris

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  • Christi


    Hi cjsmith,

    Sorry you’re having trouble moving your WordPress site. While researching this for you, I found you have two different installs for Out of Chicago:



    It looks like you have Linux hosting. Please keep in mind that Linux servers are case sensitive, so outofchicago is not the same as OutofChicago. I know this can be confusing, it trips up a lot of people.

    The first step is to make sure you do not have any redirects for outofchicago.com. If you do, you will want to remove them.

    Next find out which folder your addon domain outofchicago.com points to. This is where your new install should be.

    Hope this helps!

    Good to know. Didn’t think about it being case-sensitive.

    I made sure I didn’t have outofchicago.com forwarded in GoDaddy. Where else may I have a redirect to remove?

    Your last question is the one that convinces me I’m lost. How do I know what folder outofchicago.com points to? Is that set on GoDaddy?

    Thanks for your help.




    Hello Chris,

    Don’t worry too much about being lost, we’ve all been there and we eventually find the map that helps us find our way.

    Yes, outofchicago.com should be set up as an Addon domain in your GoDaddy account. I’m not familiar with their interface, but try looking in the Domain Management area for outofchicago.com and see what folder is listed for it.

    I checked this again, and it looks like outofchicago.com is currently pointed to the same folder (document root) as http://cjsmithphotography.com/. This doesn’t look like a redirect as the url changes to cjsmithphotography.com and all the links are through cjsmithphotography.com. If it was a redirect, you should still see outofchicago.com in the browser address bar.

    Hope this helps!

    curl reveals a lot in this case…

    $ curl –head outofchicago.com
    HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
    Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 08:09:52 GMT
    Server: Apache
    X-Pingback: http://cjsmithphotography.com/main/xmlrpc.php
    Location: http://cjsmithphotography.com/
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

    This means that outofchicago.com is set in apache as a alias for cjsmithphotography.com and redirects it using a 301 directive.

    You need to look at the apache settings and remove that redirect. It could also be in a .htaccess file also.

    Thanks guys. I think that this is the info that I needed. I will try all of this, this weekend.



    I don’t think that its a big issue, i have experienced these many time with my sites, but all are running ok, but for safe side u hve to backup ur all data.



    Hi cjsmith & Scott,

    Thanks for the correction there Scott. My apologies cjsmith, what I said yesterday was completely reversed. If outofchicago was parked, you would still see that url in the browser address bar. You can see the redirect in action in your browser by going to outofchicago.com which gets redirected to cjsmithphotography.com.

    Let us know how this goes.

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