moving a site

Just bought a site and I want to move from his hosting to my hosting. Different directory structure.

I have wordpress access to the site at the old location and full linux command prompt access at the new location.
What's the best way to move the site and incorporate a file path change?

  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Good day.

    You will need FTP access on BOTH sites preferably. I can help you with this if you want. I have several scripts that I use (depending upon hosting) to accomplish a task like this. If all else fails though, you can move files using FTP and move your database using something like Navicat. There are various ways to accomplish it. Also, if you want to do it yourself, I'd be happy to send you an eBook (FREE of course) so you can read it and do it yourself.

    Just let me know.


  • timbtbitc
    • New Recruit

    Hi guys
    that was a generous offer! I have managed to get an sql dump and the contents of the wp-content directory transferred to the new hosting.

    I have had a little more debug time since my post and a big sleep!

    My problem seems to be that the donating hosts file path is recorded in the database and it is different to my hosts file path.

    I can grep portions of the file path and see it in the sql dump - I guess I am looking for an easy way to edit the sql dump - it's large - I probably need to man up and use sed on the dump file and then ingest the result into the mysql database.

    See now it looks to me like I know what to do.

    Danger Will Robinson!

    How's my idea sound? Surely there is some tool built for this sort of situation by now....?


  • aecnu
    • WP Unicorn

    Greetings timbtbitc,

    As mentioned by name by JDD, what him and I both use and I discovered some time ago, to help ease the pain and assist dealing with tables in the database, I offer you to download in what is in my opinion the greatest Database Management software of all time Navicat.

    Let us know how it goes if you try it out.

    Cheers, Joe

  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Hey timbtbitc.

    Yes, there are several tools built just for this purpose and I own most of them.

    Here's the list:

    WP Twin - - cost from $97 to $297 (I have the $297 version) - doesn't work with every host, but works with most

    WP CyteClone - - cost $147 (I have this and it works almost 100% of the time)

    Frank Haywood's Cone & Backup - - cost - unknown because it's currently not available (I bought it when Frank first came out with it. He's about to release it again.)

    Robert Plank & Lance Tamashiro's Clone and Backup - - currently selling for $47.

    There are others available, but I've not had good experience with them. My primary two tools are the first two - WP Twin and WP CyteClone.

    Hope you get it sorted. The offer for the free manual is still open - I'll upload it and send you a link to it if you want it.

    Have a productive week.


  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Oh yeah. What Joe just said. If you've moving stuff and don't want to do it with one of the plugins or scripts I mentioned, the Navicat is the ABSOLUTE BEST tool to use. If you are using PHPMyAdmin and pulling your hair out on a daily basis (or at least every time you use it), Navicat will relieve all your headaches and let your hair grow back out. LOL


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