I’ve been struggling with this for a fair few hours because my knowledge is very limited. I’ve also extensively googled but can’t quite find the answer I’m looking for.
I have a Wordpress site hosted on Dreamhost, and I simply want to change the domain from a.com to b.com
Dreamhost has its own wiki guide that goes something like this:
- Fully host new domain on Dreamhost (done)
- Change the base URL set in your wordpress settings (not done but I know how to)
- Move the actual wordpress files
Now it’s at point No.3 where I start to struggle. I’ve downloaded and worked out FileZilla and am currently backing up a.com to my PC.
But the explanation for point No.3 extends no further than:
“This can be done via FTP, SFTP or SSH. Once connected, you can then move your site’s Wordpress files from the old domain’s web directory, to the new domain’s web directory.”
I even think I’ve got my head around this now. However what’s confused me is the whole notion of databases and if I need to think about this. All the Youtube guides have people messing about with mysql etc. which isn’t mentioned in the Dreamhost guide at all.
The guide simply has a footnote that says:
“– BEFORE YOU PROCEED – please make sure to backup your database, since we will be making some changes that can potentially break things.”
Now I backed up the database using the one-click tool in the Dreamhost panel. However I have no idea if I need to do anything with it to accomplish the url move.
Any advice would be very welcome, I realise this is totally simple, but it’s not if you don’t know what you’re doing