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  • Resolved keljaeden


    So here’s my situation. I have a website at I want to move my WordPress over to a new server, with a new domain name that I can use as a test server. The reason is because I’m about to change themes on a pretty complex website.

    My question is, when you change servers, you go into the admin panel and enter the new URL before moving. However, I’m not going to be moving, just copying. How do I change the URL of the site, without having to go into my admin panel (which would mess up my real website, since I’m not moving)

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  • Do you need an exact replica of your current site or just to copy your content?

    If you just need to copy the content of your site, you can export it – tools>export, which will create an xml file you download. Then you can create a new wordpress site and import your content tools>import (you’ll have to install the importer plugin) then upload the xml file.

    If you need an exact replica and you have little-no knowledge of FTP or MySQL, I would advise you to use a migration plugin.

    Thanks much Rcvane! Just what I needed.

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