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Hello world! – Again

Welcome to the new Earththing blog. New Hosting provider/new look etc. This will still be changing as it all settles in.

Who knew that changing hosting providers would be so difficult? Well I had a pretty good idea actually but as it turns out that if you are not REALLY picky, it can actually be quite easy. (Or so I hope as I am still working out kinks.) The hardest part trying to figure out which of the MANY guides out there will work for me. I tried quite a few of them and gotten close… but usually there was a show stopper that made me start over.

I migrated hosting of my wordPress blog from GoDaddy to DreamHost. Here is basically what I did that finally worked well enough.

  1. Set up site viewing before switching over the DNS with these instructions.
  2. Then I installed WordPress for my site on DreamHost
  3. Go to my original site and export everything in the Tool -> Export menu of the wp-admin page.
  4. Do initial set up of WordPress on new site.
  5. On new site Install the WordPress Importer plug-in and then use the Import option in the “Tools” menu of the wp-admin page. Be sure to select download and import file attachments.
  6. This is the point I am actually at while writing this post. The blog is up. I can view it with it’s temporary location, no errors, images are showing up, etc. Best attempt so far.
  7. Next steps will be to do a few more fiddly adjustments
  8. Switch over the main DNS entries to DreamHost and remove the mirroring/temporary site address
  9. Continue to make adjustments while writing brilliant and witty blog posts that will educate, entertain, and inspire you.

So there you have it! Another guide to migrating your WordPress site to another hosting provider. I am assuming you have had some experience managing your WordPress blog before attempting to migrate it so I did not go into excruciating detail. I also assume that this may not work for all versions of WordPress.

Have you migrated hosting providers? Let us know in the comments your experiences.

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