April 19, 2010
Moving your WordPress Domain on Godaddy
After having to migrate my domain from .net to .com I wanted to say something about the process. Having never done this before it was a lot harder then it had to be. That being said I’m going to show you how to do this the easy way. First off lets start with a couple of assumptions. I am assuming that both your domains are both hosted on the SAME account. Second assumption that I am making is that your domains are hosted on Godaddy. If both these are true please continue. One other thing to note is that you DO NOT need to get Deluxe hosting on both domains you only need it on one. In my case I had Deluxe hosting on www.thegamersblog.net but not on www.thegamersblog.com.
1. First thing you should do, if you haven’t already, make a full backup of all your files. In reality there are only a few core files that you need but I would suggest you get everything. It’s better to have to much in this case then to little. You’ll much rather waste 10 min uploading extra files then loosing your website all together.
2. Log into your Godaddy account and go to the Hosting
3. Click on Manage Account for your current domain *not the one you want to change to*
4. Click on settings and then Domain Management.
5. Click add domain and type the name of your domain without the www. and add it. In my case I typed thegamersblog.com. I also choose to put it in the root directory by default. So you would leave the / that it puts there by default. After doing this you may have to wait a little while. Once it’s done setting up you should be able to access the website from both domains. So you should be able to type www.yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.net and they should both go to the same site.
6. Once you can go to your WordPress blog from both domains log into WordPress and go to settings -> General. Change the Web Address (URL) and Blog Address (URL) to your NEW domain.
7. Close your browser and test. When you click on links from the new domain they should all show .com. If this is so we have one final step.
8. Log in to Godaddy and go to the domain manager and forward your old domain to your new domain. So in my case I forwarded www.thegamersblog.net -> www.thegamersblog.com. This just redirects anyone going to the old domain to the new one.
9. Grab a beer or soda *if you don’t drink* and pat yourself on the back for successfully moving your website.
I hope this is helpful for someone out there. If any of you come across this and have questions please feel free to leave a comment and I or someone here will try to answer it for you.