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  • I am trying to move my site from one host to another. I have read all of the Move WordPress posts on this site as well as elsewhere.; which seemed straightforward enough … until I tried!

    Steps I have followed:

    1. Copied all files/folders (FTP) from the original site to my computer.
    2. Exported DB from old site.
    3. Created new DB on new site (subdomain as temporary holder)
    4. Imported the DB (exported in step 2)
    5. Viewed/verified the content within the DB. It has what I expect.
    6. Edited the options table to represent the new site URL
    7. copied all files (from step 1) from my computer to the new site.
    8. edited the wp-content.php file on new site; putting the new DB info. (db, username, password, etc)

    Now when I try to load the new site, I see a “defaultpage” that indicates the domain is already registered and in use. I cannot sign in to edit links or see the dashboard, etc. (I believe it is referencing the old site)

    How do I fix this, so I can at least see the main page so I can get to updating the links inside?

    • This topic was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by Jan Dembowski.
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  • Moderator t-p


    Have you had chance to review this codex guide:
    Moving WordPress

    This sometimes happens because the new host dumps an index.html or default.html file in the root directory by default. (the host will load this before looking for wordpress files)

    Check that neither of these files exist

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by SJW.

    There should be a index.html or default.html in the root directory. Delete it and your site will be online.

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