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Migrating WordPress site

Hi everyone,

I've built a WordPress site for someone which I have uploaded for testing here - nomaankhalid.wordpress.edeharrison.com. Now I'm ready to move it to his domain name - blackbeard-mma.com.

Both are registered in my GoDaddy account, along with hosting. During a migration you usually have to export your database, create a new one in the phpmyadmin related to the new domain, then import it there.

Because I'd just be exporting, then importing into the same phpmyadmin, is there a way around this?

Essentially, I would be pointing two sites to the same database. I'm guessing that wouldn't work? But if I deleted the testing site, could I just leave the database as it is and point the new site to it?



1 Answer

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,253 Points

When you're exporting multiple Wordpress sites on the same domain you can usually separate them (or distinguish them) with something called a table prefix. There's an option to add this when you install Wordpress to your service.

So one Table prefix could be wp1_ yourdatabasename and the other could be wp2_ yourdatabasename here. I've not done this myself as I tend to prefer one database for each Wordpress installaton but it should work. :-)

Hi Jonathan,

Cheers for the answer, that's some useful info. Didn't know about that option on a WordPress install. I'll keep an eye out next time I go through the process.

All the best,