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Move my test site to my live site

Category: Wordpress

diana123
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2017-11-13 3:39 pm EST

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Hello,
I am working on a new site while the old one is still live and would like to know if there is a guide for dummies to move the new site to replace the current one once it is finished. The site is site.com and I have made the new site site.com/newsite
Can I do that myself or do I need to ask someone who knows what he is doing?
Thanks ...

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KyleM
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515 Points
2017-11-13 4:45 pm EST
Hello,

Thanks for contacting us about your moving your test site to your live site. Generally, you will just need to move the files from the /newsite folder to the document root for your main site. However, if you used a content management system like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal you may need to change your URLs in the database. If you can tell us how you built your site we can give you some documentation specific to your site.

Best Regards,
Kyle M

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Thanks Kyle, it is a Wordpress site
diana123
3 Points
2017-11-13 6:50 pm EST
Hi diana123.

Thanks for commenting to let us know that important detail, so we can further assist you. We do have an article to guide you through the process of moving a WordPress site from your subfolder (newsite) to the root directory.

TIP: Before following Step 3 of the "Moving your WordPress from a subfolder to your main folder" section, you will need to move the Live site out of the main directory (to make room for the "new site" files). You can simply rename the directory that the site files are in. For example, by default they would be stored in the public_html/ directory. In this case, rename that directory to something like public_html.bak/ and then create a new/empty directory named public_html/to work with. Keep in mind, in this case, the "new site" would now be in the public_html.bak/newsite/ directory. This will be the directory you navigate to inside the File Manager in Step 3 to copy the files from.

Be sure to make a full cPanel backup prior to making any changes.

I hope this helps!
Sincerely,
Carlos E
carlose
1,692 Points
Staff
2017-11-13 8:23 pm EST
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