I currently have a domain name (www.somesite.info) registered with one registrar that points to a Google Site. I recently purchased web hosting with a different host, and have created a WordPress site to replace the Google Site. I made the page names the same, and the site is nearly identical (except for some nice enhancements since I’m now using WP ;). With the WP web hosting I received a new domain name – http://www.somesite.us – which I have used while developing the WordPress site.
Now I’m nearly ready for the WP site to go live. I would like to point http://www.somesite.info to http://www.somesite.us, similar to how it worked for the Google Site. http://www.somesite.info is low volume, but does pretty good in search rankings for its small niche, so I want to keep using it, and have http://www.sitesite.us be invisible to users (just like the Google Site domain name is).
I’ve talked to both web hosts, and it sounds like that is not really possible. I’m hearing from both that they can make http://www.somesite.info point http://www.somesite.us, but navigating internal links will cause http://www.somesite.us to show in the browser. While very helpful, both web hosts were understandably offering me additional services (the one a domain name transfer, the other web hosting). The end result would be that I would have the hosting and the domain name with the same web host, and then move the WordPress site from .us to .info.
I understand this will work, but I wanted to input from a more objective audience. Is this really the only way (because if the way WP handles internal links)? Or are there other domain configuration options that can achieve my goal?
At one point I thought the WordPress Address (URL) or Site Address (URL) general settings might be used for this. But I’ve found that the codex setting descriptions, http://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_General_Screen and http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL, conflict in their descriptions of the fields (the descriptions are flip flopped). Plus, other support questions make it sounds like people have not had good luck changing these. So I’m leery of changing unless someone can better describe them and the impact of changing….?
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!