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  • # August 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Essentially what I want to do is move my site to a subdomain (test.mydomain.com) so I can test some things. After that I would then need to place it on the root of my site (mydomain.com). Possible without screwing things up?

    # August 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

    100% possible, just make sure to keep backups of before, during and after and you shouldn’t have to worry about a thing.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress
    http://interconnectit.com/124/search-and-replace-for-wordpress-databases/

    # August 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

    One of the best features of Dreamweaver is its site manager. Even without it, its not too difficult to create a zip of your entire site, then move it to your testing server. If you set up a subversion server (or app), you can keep track of the changes you make.

    # August 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I think I’ve used Dreamweaver for about a day. I have to say I’m not a fan of anything it offers. I use ST2. I’m not too skilled in development or if at all in the backend so I usually just read tutorials on these types of things. Appreciate the help from everyone.

    # August 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    You could always export all your WordPress content as an xml file, and import it on a fresh install on your website if nothing else works.

    # August 5, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thank you for the tutorial, @JoshWhite. Much appreciated and easier than I thought.

    # January 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Hi. I am trying to make a test site on wordpress. I have a created a subdomain. I want to keep my current website live so that I can work on the new one without any problems. I want to move from WPEC to Woocommerce and also change my theme. There is an extension that I can use to export all my products from WPEC to Woocommerce so I need a replica of my website put onto my subdomain so that I can do this. I have imported my current sql database to the test domain and I have also uploaded all of my WP Content files to my subdomain. I followed the steps above set out by @JoshWhite for changing the options tables etc… The problem is that none of my info has come into my test site. It’s all as if it’s a brand new installation still. None of my products are there or anything. The theme is like the original theme. Not my layout. Please can someone offer me any advice? I basically need a replica of my website to be put onto the subdomain. I have done all of the steps above. I’m confused….it just looks like a new installation. :-( I thank you all in advance and Happy New Year! :-)

    # January 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I may be wrong, but the way I handle WordPress local, staging and live is adding to each placement’s individual wp-config.php;

    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://domain.whatever’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://domain.whatever’);

    Works for me, then you don’t have to mess about with the MySQL each time and can have a consistent SQL between all of them.

    Note sure if anyone can point to a potential problem with this method though?

    # January 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Did you export your database?

    # January 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    @chrisburton No I just host the DB in a live location from the beginning, so sit it on one of our VPS servers or wherever it would be ending up.

    # January 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    @andy_unleash Ha. That question was towards the person above you (@loubou).

    # January 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    My bad! Just realised from August as well – nothing to see here folks, ignore me and move along!

    # January 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Eek, I didn’t realise anyone had replied. :-( Just changed my settings. Hi yes @chrisburton I imported the database. Someone told me that I should use the export/import tool in wordpress admin. I did that. Now all my products and everything are there but I had to change a lot of things. Why wasn’t it a carbon copy? Also my theme still isn’t the way I customised it to be. It’s the original file that I purchased. :-( Does anyone have any suggestions? I am going to buy a new theme and use a different shopping cart anyway. Problem is that i don’t want to do the all work on them on the test site/subdomain and then have all of these problems again when I try to put it back onto my main domain. That would seriously send me under so I rather find out what is wrong now instead. Then I will be good to go. :-) @andy_unleash I had left my comment a few ago so no worries! ;-)

    # January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    @Loubou I would suggest contacting the theme owner if you’ve exhausted all your efforts.

    # January 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    @chrisburton I can’t. He’s really sick and been out of action since July. :-( Hopefully I can figure it out. :-)

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