How to move WordPress to a different domain at DreamHost
This article describes how to migrate a WordPress installation between two domains hosted at DreamHost. The example domains used in these instructions are:
Step 1 – Back up your data
You should always backup your data before making any change to your site. View the following article for instructions on how to backup your web site files, database, and any email you wish to keep:
Manual backup techniques
Step 2 – Add hosting for the new site
Add the new domain (newsite.exampledotcom) to your panel. Make sure to set it as Fully Hosted:
Adding a Domain
Step 3 – Create a new database
Navigate to the (Panel > ‘Advanced’ > ‘MySQL Databases’) page and create a new MySQL hostname and empty database.
Create a new database
Step 4 – Transfer your WordPress installation
Transfer your WordPress files you’ve backed up in step one to your new domain. If you had email addresses on the old site (oldsite.exampledotcom), make sure to create the same addresses on your new domain. You can then transfer those emails.
Import your web files using the following article:
Import your database using the Migrate MySQL article:
Transfer email from your old domain:
Email Setup: Use this article to set up your email addresses on the new domain.
How to import email: This article explains how to import your email to the new domain.
Email Client Configuration: This article is a guide to different email configurations you can use.
Step 5 – Edit the new wp-config.php file
Log into your new site (newsite.example.com) via FTP or SSH and open the wp-config.php file (this is in your site’s directory). You’ll see the following contents:
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘database password here’);
$table_prefix = ‘wp_2hdy121d_’;
Update the following:
Database user password
Replace the existing WordPress $table_prefix value with the imported $table_prefix value.
Step 6 – Update the Home and Site url
View the following article for instructions on how to update the ‘Home’ and ‘Site’ URL within WordPress:
Changing the Home and Site url
Step 7 – Update all other URLs in the database
After the ‘Home’ and ‘Site’ URL have been updated, you must update all remaining URLs in the database. View the following article for several options on how to accomplish this:
Changing all URLs in your WordPress database
At this point, your website should load normally on the new domain name.
Once the above steps are complete, the new site looks exactly the same as as it once appeared on your old domain name.