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.


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