Uploading questions



I’m new to this so bear with me. I have a domain and site hosted by GoDaddy and I want to leave them. My plan is to re-create my site on WP hosted by DH. I have signed up for DH hosting and have downloaded the WP software to my PC.

I’m going through the steps to upload the files and I have the FileZilla software. I haven’t transfered my Domain to DH because I can’t have any down time on my site while I work here to get it set up. In reading through the forums here I found instructions for setting up a mirror site that I assume I use to create my website on first, then when I’m satisfied that it’s ready to go live I transfer the hosting from GoDaddy to DH and make the switch. I’m hoping I understand that correctly.

My questions:

  1. Does this sound correct?
  2. If so, would I then upload the WP files through ftp to my mirror site?
  3. If so, exactly what files to I upload?

Thanks in advance for your help.


That sounds fairly correct to me but I’m not quite the expert yet :slight_smile: I found a few links you might find helpful - the 1st is viewing a site before DNS change http://wiki.dreamhost.com/DNS_-_Viewing_site_before_DNS_change the 2nd is help with moving wordpress http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress

As always if you need help from the experts click here http://bit.ly/PfpbbY to send a ticket to our support Dream Team. We’re more than happy to help you out with any issues you may run into.

Hope this helps,
Matt C


Keep in mind, you’ll have to move WordPress twice in this senario.

Since your Domain is staying the same, it’s actually pretty safe to just FTP the files over, import the Database, edit your wp-config.php to have your new DB and username/password info, and then flip DNS to point to us. It should work.

I will note that there’s going to be some downtime, and before you transfer your DNS, you may want to lower your Time To Live to speed that up. Technically a DNS move can take up to 72 hours to propagate worldwide, and there’s not a whole lot we can do to make that faster :frowning: