[wp-hackers] Tips for moving a Wordpress install

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Tue Dec 1 21:23:12 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Christian Gundersson
<gundersson at gmail.com> wrote:
> How do you guys move from a development install to a live install site?

Short answer: I don't. Not with content.

When developing plugins, themes, etc, then those are easy to move
around, generally speaking. The content, not so much. So I keep the
dev sites having test content only. I don't write posts and such on
dev and then move them to production, I write them on a staging or
production site, and just don't publish until I'm good and ready.

If you want to move an entire site, then yes, you're going to have to
do some searching and replacing on the sqldump. I've never had any
problems doing this, just make sure to keep the old database around
until you actually have the new site up and running.

Note that an Export/Import operation can indeed keep the media files
working properly, but it has to go directly to the other site to
retrieve the files in question. Because of this, your staging site
usually has to be internet visible. This is one reason I advice people
to keep their sites on live servers, in hidden directories and such.
Running localhost systems is fine for development, but not for


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