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  • (I have read but I have some questions about it).

    I am part of a project team creating a website using WP and I am writing the documentation for installation of the website.

    The site will be migrated to another server. We will be putting it on a CD then handing it over to our client so they will need to install it onto the server from CD.

    I’m not sure where I need to be begin when writing the documentation. This is what I have:
    Download your WordPress installation and your database. Upload this database to your new server. (It is recommended that you create a user with the same login credentials as on the old server).

    If you choose to rename the database and/or user you will need to edit the wp-config.php file in the new installation folder.

    Upload the new installation folder to your site. Your new site should now be functioning.

    Since, as I said, we’re handing it over on CD, I’m unsure of where to start with the installation instructions or if they’re even correct :/

    Any help would be good 🙂


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  • I don’t think it’s quite that easy. The database also needs to be updated. Check out [moderated] for a tool to assist.

    I did look at that link. I forgot to mention, this website is for a uni project so we won’t be able to buy software. 🙁

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    @jazz23: everything you need to know is in the WordPress docs you read and the other docs linked to it. You need to write docs on how to create a database at the new host and import the database using phpmyadmin or another database import tool. You need to transfer the wp-content folder, too.

    And juliekuehl is wrong: the database does not need to be updated if you are not changing domains.

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