Please can someone help me to clarify what issues i might have when the hosting company changes the DNS settings to point away for the current old site (basic html) and to the new WordPress version of the web site?
Both sites are with the same hosting company (I cannot change hosts or hosting names now, my client and the hosting company are long term business partners). I think the server that the current live website is unable to host WordPress. So they set up another server for WordPress and called it something completely different.
Old website address http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk
Current Location of new WordPress site on hosting server: http://test.blahsystems.co.uk
I think this bit is important!! The new website is on a Windows Server and uses pretty perma links and also the .html pages plugin. There are also some redirects going to 7 pages on the old site. Everything is currently working ok.
Next week the hosting company are going to change the DNS settings to point to the new website http://test.blahsystems.co.uk which will then hopefully become the live site with the new address of http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk
The hosting company have also said that I should not have used Permalinks at the moment because once the DNS is pointed to the new site the links will have become permanent (well I had already set up permalinks before they told me). I have not used the full address when making any links within the site.
Will the 'Find & Replace' plug-in on the database still work ok to make any required changes? I am confused as to how the DNS change actually works, will this affect what the links are called in the database or can I still change them from: http://test.blahsystems.co.uk to http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk
I presume I will need to change the Word Press address and site address in the settings panel to http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk once the DNS propagation has finished.
Very long winded I know but any help would be much appreciated.