Moving entire web site


#1

I have a fully functioning web site elsewhere and I want to move the whole thing here. I’ve never done this before and I need some hand-holding. I made a temporary directory and I’m in the process of uploading all my files. I got a domain here when I signed up, but I want to use my other domain and have people, when they type that in, come here. In other words, I don’t want it to be a subdomain that will confuse people

http://www.currentdomainelsewhere.com

http://www.newdreamhostdomain.com

I don’t want the url to be
http://www.newdreamhostdomain.com/currentdomainelsewhere which will break all kinds of links I have scattered around the web for my currentdomainelsewhere

How do I migrate my other account here so it’ll be a top-level domain, and with the least amount of disruption? What do I do after I finish uploading all my files?

It’s not a business site btw, it’s just a personal site, but I do run a podcast with regular listeners. I don’t use any other programs (like picture galleries or blog programs), or even e-mail, so none of that is a concern. All I have is my main page and each podcast in its own directory. Very simple.

Help? Thanks!

Vickie


#2
  • Firstly add your current domain to your DH account. Go to Manage Domains, and choose to fully host your current domain (it doesn’t matter that it’s hosted elsewhere). A folder should be created with the name of the domain name.

  • Login via FTP (or Shell) and upload all your files to the newly created folder.

  • Change the nameservers of your current domain to point to DreamHost.

The domain you registered with DH can be left out of all of this.


#3

You might also want to check out the wiki article linked below, that details a procedure that allows you to test your new site before changing the name servers over.

http://www.wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php/DNS_-_Viewing_site_before_DNS_change

This procedure basically consists of creating a free dreamhosters.com sub-domain mirroring your real domain and allows you to be sure that the site is working as intended at its new home, before you disable the old site.

Mark


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