[wp-hackers] WordPress deployment/relocation steps

Justin W Hall justin at justinwhall.com
Mon Jun 27 19:06:56 UTC 2011

Well, then here is a question. This plugin has been recommend to me  
for this process a couple of times and also found it with a repetuable  
blog post :

Blog Post:


Is that plugin re-serializing the database?

On Jun 27, 2011, at 2:52 PM, Helen Hou-Sandi wrote:

> No, he's talking about serialized data in the database, which looks
> something like
> a:3:{s:18:"nav_menu_locations";a:1:{s:7:"primary";i:3;}s: 
> 12:"header_image";s:77:"
> http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes/twentyten/images/headers/path.jpg 
> ";s:16:"background_color";s:6:"FFFFFF";}
> . The s:# indicates the length of the string, and if the actual  
> length of
> the string does not match that number, that array will no longer be  
> valid
> and you will lose the use of whatever data is in there. In the case  
> of what
> I pasted over, you would lose any theme options you set, such as the  
> nav
> menu, header image, and background color. There's plenty of  
> serialized data
> in the WordPress database, and if your domain names are different  
> lengths
> you really should run a script of some kind to properly reserialize.  
> It's
> possible that you just haven't noticed something being wrong or you  
> are
> fortunate not to currently have anything immediately noticeable that  
> uses
> the serialized data, but that doesn't mean that nothing is breaking.  
> There
> are some tools out there to help you do this (e.g.
> http://interconnectit.com/124/search-and-replace-for-wordpress-databases/ 
>  -
> not personally tested)
> --
> Helen Hou-Sandi
> http://www.helenhousandi.com

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