For the second year in a row I had the incredible opportunity to speak at WordCamp Austin this weekend. This year, instead of security, my talk focused on a different issue for many in the WordPress community: how to move your site to a different host or change your domain name. The hour-long session included tools, tips, checklists, and things to things to watch out for such as making sure you always have a good backup and changing the caching time (TTL) on a DNS record. Below are my slides from my presentation as well as a list of links to the tools and other items featured in the presentation.
Links from the presentation (in the order in which I used them in my slides):
- Backup Buddy – A premium WordPress plugin that not only backs up your site but also has a “Magic Migration” feature that makes it easy to move your site from one host to another.
- InfiniteWP – A WordPress management console with a premium add-on that will move sites for you. This software also makes managing an unlimited number of WordPress sites very easy by moving the important tasks for all of your sites to a single application
- Navicat – A database management software for Windows and Mac that makes it possible to simply drag your database from one server to another in the same way you would drag files to your thumb drive on your computer.
- Forklift – A very fast file management software (even faster than Transmit in my testing) that makes moving your WordPress files from one server to another a painless experience.
- Network-Tools IP address lookup – Looks up the IP address of a given hostname. Can be handy when moving a site or domain.
- Search Replace DB – This small PHP script will replace every instance of your old domain name in your database with your new domain name. I’ve used it for over a year or so and I’ve never seen it fail. Best of all – it’s free!
- WP Maintenance Mode – This plugin puts your site in maintenance mode so it won’t seem accidentally broken to your users when your changing something big.
- What Is My IP Address – This site will tell you the public IP address of the computer (or mobile device) you’re using.