Many blog owners are scared and hesitated to move their blog to another domain because they fear to lose their visitors, downtime and other complications. I will show you now how to get rid off this fear and how to avoid problems while you moving.
First of all, make a backup of all your data in your database and your customized themes and other files.
- On your new domain, create an
index.php, with the function header() , to let the search engine know, that something is coming soon, visit us again.
<? header("HTTP/1.0 503 Service Unavailable"); header("Retry-After: 3600"); ?>
- After that, you import your data into the new database and upload all files.
- Adjust the
wp-config.phpaccordingly. Open the file in your editor and add following data:
define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://www.example.com'); define('WP_HOME', 'http://www.example.com/blog');
I suggest to this in every other blog too. You save a request to the database and it improves the performance of your installation. Please check the correct definition, even a wrong / can deny access to your blog for visitors.
After you add these definitions, don’t forget to check off both fields in your settings area. See screenshot: