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Web hosting / Wordpress problems

I have been working a bit on a website on wordpress.com . I purchased a domain name from dreamhost, and mapped it to my wordpress.

Having found this course, I am interested in customizing much more, etc. I purchased hosting and changed the DNS accordingly.

The issue is, when I go to my url.com/cpanel , it redirects me to my wordpress page.

Is there anything I can do ?

Thanks in advanced!!

2 Answers

Gary Calhoun
Gary Calhoun
10,317 Points

Well personally I have used dreamhost in the past I think they have an option called dreampress now (their version of wordpress customized). I know there is a wordpress site installer on there and to point it to your wordpress.com if you have a wordpress site already made I believe you need to install a plugin called Jetpack and then it will ask you to authorize and sign in with your wordpress.com account

I chose to use webhostingforstudents.com because it is exponentially cheaper.

My site is wordpress.com though; I have not done anything, nor am I familiar with how to use wordpress.org. That being said, one cannot install plug-ins on a wordpress.com website.

Thank you though!

Gary Calhoun
Gary Calhoun
10,317 Points

I understand yes, unfortunately you are limited what you are able to do if your site address is mywebsite.wordpress.com, I am not entirely familiar with your webhostingforstudents.com but typically you need to have a few things to have your own custom wordpress site.

  1. A domain name - this can be purchased through godaddy.com, networksolutions.com, dotster.com, etc.
  2. Web Hosting- Dreamhost, godaddy, etc
  3. Install wordpress via the cpanel if applicable usually a onetime wordpress site installer.

After that you can then login upload themes and plugins and customize it to your liking. I don't know if the free has the option but you may be able to export out an xml file I believe under tools in the wordpress dashboard otherwise you may have to copy it over.

Thanks Gary. I figured out how to get to the control panel, by logging in directly from my account. I have installed the wordpress plugin but again I am having the same issue. url.com/wp-admin redirects me to my old website.

I have exported all of the content, does this mean I need to delete my site and then proceed ?

Thanks again !

Gary Calhoun
Gary Calhoun
10,317 Points

Automatic way kind of: You could try to just use a plugin called wp clone it works sometimes install wp clone and choose back up site and copy the url and install wp clone on the wordpress installation and choose restore from url and wait a little bit and see if that restores it for you otherwise you have to do it manually.

Warning!: Use caution and back up before doing this, this is just what I would do. If its redirecting to the old site then before you move a site you should go to settings>general and update the wordpress url and site admin. As soon as you do this it will point the site the domain

Manual Way: You could also if you can download all files via ftp and export the database usually though phpmyadmin and then upload via ftp to new host and then import database set database to be the same as in the wpconfig or you can install worpdress through 1 click installer and then when you overwrite files via ftp just don't upload the wp-config because it has the new db settings already.