I'm moving a wordpress CMS installation from one host to another. Pretty straightforward I think. I have moved applications running on a Tomcat server but not wordpress. Is the following correct -

Restore the database from backup - Can I create a backup dump using wordpress admin GUI or do I need to manually restore on DB itself.

Would you recommend using the 5 minute install - http://wordpress.org/download/ ? Once wordpress and the database is intalled on hosting site apply any theming to the CMS. Are there any pitfalls I should watch out for ?

Am I on the right track ?

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If you're just changing servers it's easiest just to move the entire installation over and clone the database (manually from db admin), then update wp-config.php to point to the correct database. If the domain name is changing you'll need to update all the domain name values in the database also. I find this script is the best way to do it - just make sure you keep a backup of the original. If it's for multisite I think you'll also need to update a setting in wp-config.php which contains domain name, have a look in that file to confirm...

  • When you say move do you mean just a "copy and paste" as specified in this tutorial ? - codex.wordpress.org/…
    – blue-sky
    Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 19:14
  • Yep. Just download everything and upload to the new server.
    – patnz
    Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 0:56

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