Hi, I have a WordPress Multisite installation that I am looking to move FROM the root (/) TO a subfolder (/wp/) on the same server. I will also be changing my domain for this site, from a subdomain (yoursite.example.com) to my own domain (yoursite.com). I am aware that I will need a backup/export of my blog and database, which I intend to do — https://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database — before making any moves or performing other actions.
My question involves the order of steps used to smoothly facilitate a move in this manner. My host uses a feature on the cPanel interface called “Parked Domains,” which I will be using to have my site display as yoursite.com rather than yoursite.example.com. But as of right now, I already have content on the yoursite.example.com domain, and am wary of changing the URL to yoursite.com before I am sure of what to do.
The other issue is moving from yoursite.example.com to yoursite.com/blog1 or blog1.yoursite.com. As of right now, there is only one blog on my Multisite install, but I intend to add more in the future. I want this blog to be a subdomain (or subdir) of yoursite.com, which will be the standard for future blogs — blog2.yoursite.com, blog3.yoursite.com, etc, or yoursite.com/blog1, yoursite.com/blog2, yoursite.com/blog3 and so on. I am unsure of the sequence needed to make this possible, or if it even is with WP (and how involved it will be for a beginner with zero familiarity with things like SQL and databases — and no budget to hire someone to do this for me).
Is it possible to relocate a Multisite install so that my blog(s) read as blog1.yoursite.com and blog2.yoursite.com FROM a Multisite URL at yoursite.example.com, and if so what should I do first? Should I change the URL in the Parked Domains section and wait for my server to update, THEN move the files, or should I move the files FIRST and THEN change my URL, replacing content as necessary, possibly with the popular Search & Replace Script, linked to below?
I have read through the Codex article on moving a WordPress install — https://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress — and am not sure of what to do when both the location of a Multisite install on the server AND the domain URL are BOTH going to change. As I said, there is currently only one blog on my Multisite system, so there won’t be that many blogs to move, but this individual blog does have a decent amount of content already, and I want to ensure that it all changes smoothly so that I don’t have to start from scratch. Can anyone help?
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