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I created a multisite install on a development domain. Now, I want to change it over to my main domain. I've heard that I shouldn't do a database dump, and change everything with a text editor. I've followed the WPEngine tutorial below, but it caused 500 server errors. Any advice?

http://wpengine.com/support/how-to-change-a-multi-site-primary-domain/

Thanks, -Marc

  • Can you debug the 500 errors? Was there anything in your Apache error log (or equivalent)? – Rup Oct 6 '14 at 15:18
  • I didn't check. I just restored a backup which rolled back the changes. But my question is preforming a database dump safe due to WordPress's sterilized data. – Marc Woodyard Oct 6 '14 at 22:23
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When I move domains and have to change the domain in the database, I use interconnectit's Search and Replace tool. Here is a very brief overview of the process.

  1. Export the database and upload it to the new server.
  2. Upload interconnectit's Search and Replace tool to the new server.
  3. Configure what I want to be replaced in the databases with the tool's GUI
  4. Click "run" and that's it.

You can find installation details and support over at the project's GitHub page.

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