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migrating wordpress from dev server PROBLEMS!! please help :(

  • # April 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Hey guys. I have a problem and i know this community is great so i figured id give it a shot.

    I have a wordpress website i was making and finished on a server that the company that outsourced this to me has with go daddy but they use it for dev purposes. It was finished and needed to be transfered to there real server. I looked up the wp codex and followed the instructions. went into the wp admin panel > settings > general and changed the wp site url’s to the new one “baysidedentistrynj.com” from the old one which is “davanti5blog.info”. Anyway i then used transmit to ftp the site from one to the other and that was a success.
    BUT THEN…. The browser said error connecting to the database and after looking at the old site i rrealized there previous website was not a wp site so they probably didnt have a database setup.
    Now since i changed the wp admin site urls the dev url wont work and i cant access wp back end and the site looks horrible and i dont know what to do.
    Please help me somebody! :( i would be sooooo grateful..
    i need to get the site running on the new server and i dont know what to do. do i need to create a new database on there server? and the client didnt give me the host they use so how would i do so without knowing the host like go daddy where i would just login and then create database..do i need to know the host or could i do it a diff way….

    IM SO SCREWED IF I CANT GET THIS RIGHT….
    so if someone could help me out like i said i would be extremely appreciative, and i would love you.

    # April 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    > do i need to create a new database on there server?

    I’d say just transferring the database you made on the dev server should be sufficient enough, but you _will_ have to edit the database to reflect any URL changes, and you’ll need to re configure the wp-config.php file

    # April 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    You’d need the client’s hosting credentials to get in and create a new db / WordPress installation (most have one click installs through their CPanel or admin area).

    Be sure to change the appropriate records in the WP_Options table and I’d recommend using the Search and Replace plugin to clean up any lingering absolute URLs.

    # April 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    ok thank you very much. So if i do the quick install of wordpress on there server itll automatically create the database i need. And i understand to use the search and replace plugin in the database to fix any broken links but when you say id havta re configure the wp-config.php file what am i reconfiguring just using the credentials like host name, username, password from the new database?

    # April 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    “what am i reconfiguring just using the credentials like host name, username, password from the new database?”

    You’ll need to reset all of the above if you’re simply migrating the data from the initial database to the second. However if you’re copying all of the database oriented files to a new install and writing over the default ones, then you will need to edit the configuration file(s) accordingly.

    # April 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    yea im gonna be copying all of the database oriented files over i guess. The site was made on a dev server and all the posts and pages and pictures and everything needs to be transfered over to the real server. with that said when you say ” then you will need to edit the configurqation files accordingly” what do you mean? do you mean going in the wp-config and getting all knew passcode phrases and everything? and implementing the new databases username, password, hostname and etc? is there any other steps that i would need to take to get a successful transfer? i just dont wanna screw anything up or lose anything..the site is backed up but still .. thank you

    # April 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    You need to create a new database on your host. Then import your local DB into it.

    Here’s how to export your DB: http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database#Using_phpMyAdmin

    # April 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    @TheDoc..

    OK Heres the problem. I was following instructions i found online.. i went into the admin>general>settings and changed both uri’s from the dev server “davanti5blog.info” to the server its going to “baysidedentistrynj.com” then via ftp transferred everything to the new server. when i went back to “davanti5blog.info” since i made that change in the admin panel i can not get back into the admin because its pointing to a diff uri… that being said the dev server is a godaddy account. if i log into go daddy, goto myphpadmin, and back up the database that was used .. will i be able to use it bringing it to the new server..its a completely different server .. pretty much i just need to get the site to a new server

    # April 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Yup!

    You’ll need to go to the database that you were working from and export it using the instructions that I gave above.

    Then on your new server, you’ll create a new database and ‘import’ the file that you exported earlier.

    You’ll need to update your wp-config.php file as well, making sure to update it with your new database information.

    You’ll also want to make sure that all of the URLs in the database have been updated. You can do that with this plugin if you like: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/velvet-blues-update-urls/ (you can delete the plugin after you’ve used it)

    # April 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    thank you very very very much. I will let you know how it goes

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