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  • Hi all,

    I have a personal blog that uses the free domain that has recently closed down. I’d like to know how I can change it to another domain (if possible free).

    I have tried to access the data of the site through FTP, although it doesn’t work either. I don’t have back-ups… As you can see, I don’t know much about informatics, so I’m basically lost.

    BTW, the blog is

    Many thanks for your help.

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  • Where was it hosted? They are the ones you’d need to contact to get your data.

    You can set up a free site using WordPress.COM — though using your own domain name is not free.

    Free domain names are probably inherently a bad idea…

    Google Removed All Domains from Its Index

    Thanks for the answer, WPyogi.

    It’s hosted in I have just logged in and it seems that I have access to the files, MySQL and everything, although I don’t know what to do next.


    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    You’ll need to contact your host providers.

    Thanks Andrew!

    I am afraid none of us really responded to a_tifoosi 🙂

    He already said he got access to his files and everything, so there’s not much his host providers can do.

    This is a WordPress question then: how to recover posts and pages from an offline blog?

    I am also interested in getting this solution.

    Moderator cubecolour


    Log into the database with PHPMyAdmin and download a full dump of the database. Also use ftp to copy all of the files.

    Then you can do a search & replace on the db backup to replace instances of the old domain with a new one. A tool which takes serialized data into consideration such as is best, but will require more work to setup as needs to be run on a live database, whereas a simple search & replace can be performed in a text editor.

    WOW Cube, this is really useful!

    I was wondering if such a transplant would work, thanks for confirming!

    I assume this will bring in also all the installed plugins, themes etc… not just post and pages.
    Is that correct?

    Moderator cubecolour


    If you have all of the files and a current db backup taken at the same time, yes you should be able to use these to restore the whole site to another host by using the serialized search & replace tool (& editing the wp-config.php to reflect the db credentials of the new host). If you preform a simple text search & replace in a text editor you will corrupt any data stored in serialized arrays such as some plugin settings (unless you are replacing with a string with one containing the same number of characters).

    I usually use a local copy of the db (on XAMPP) to perform a serialized Search & replace and then create a new live one to import the edited version to, so the existing one is not destroyed until I have a new ‘good’ one.

    Thanks a lot, alcares and cubecolour.

    I will try what you have explained and will keep you informed.

    no prob, glad to have helped.

    I am afraid I have never taken a DB backup but I suppose that with cPanel I can do it anyway.
    Unless it must be a backup with the blog still live.

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