Is there a website or somewhere in the discussion forum with step-by-step instructions on going live with a newly built site and turning off an old site? Specifically, my site (i.e., www.abc.com) is on blogger (where I bought the domain name from). I’ve rebuilt it on a development site (www.abcdevsite.com) on dreamhost and want to now turn off the blogger hosting and switch www.abc.com to dreamhost. Is there a seamless way to do this without much website dark time between the turning off the old and switching on the new? Thanks!
Many situations are different, so step-by-step won’t always work for everybody. But in your case:
- Create a Fully Hosted Domain here of your example.com (not devexample.com).
Make sure it’s under the same user as your dev example.com site so it will appear in the same home directory.
If you’re running your site here under WordPress, log into the wp-admin panel for Settings -> General and update the URL so it’s the new site URL. Then go to #2
Go to Blogger, or wherever your domain is registered and update DNS so it’s using the DreamHost Nameservers.
It will take anywhere from minutes (not likely) to days (not likely), but probably hours before your new site replaces the old one in DNS. As soon as it goes live for you, hunt down any references to the Dev site and fix them in the configuration. In WordPress, some plugins will store the old Dev URL. Some posts and pages may include links to the old dev URL and will need to be re-edited.
Great! Thanks! That gives me that basics.