DNS change to point to new WordPress site

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Nov 7, 2011
Please can someone help me to clarify what issues i might have when the hosting company changes the DNS settings to point away for the current old site (basic html) and to the new WordPress version of the web site?

Both sites are with the same hosting company (I cannot change hosts or hosting names now, my client and the hosting company are long term business partners). I think the server that the current live website is unable to host WordPress. So they set up another server for WordPress and called it something completely different.

Old website address *http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk*
Current Location of new WordPress site on hosting server: *http://test.blahsystems.co.uk*

I think this bit is important!!
The new website is on a Windows Server and uses pretty perma links and also the .html pages plugin. There are also some redirects going to 7 pages on the old site. Everything is currently working ok.

Next week the hosting company are going to change the DNS settings to point to the new website *http://test.blahsystems.co.uk* which will hopefully become the new website with the new address of *http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk*

The hosting company have also said that I should not have used Permalinks at the moment because once the DNS is pointed to the new site the links will have become permanent (well I had already set up permalinks before they told me). I have not used the full address when making any links within the site.

Can I just use the 'Find & Replace' plug-in on the database, will this still work ok with the DNS change? I am confused as to how the DNS change actually works, will this affect what the links are called in the database or can I still change them from:

I presume I will need to change the Word Press address and site address in the settings panel to *http://www.therealwebsitename.co.uk*, once the DNS propagation has finished.

Very long winded I know but any help would be much appreciated.



Feb 12, 1999
I suspect I may be replying too late. Have you already completed the transition? What did you have to do to get it to work?

In case you haven't done it yet... When they change the DNS, they can either keep the test.blahsystems.co.uk working in addition to the www address or they can just drop the test. I'd suggest asking them to keep the test DNS working so that your links will work, even if they end up pointing people to the test domain until you get everything fixed.

Once the DNS is switched, you will have to change the settings in Wordpress to point to the new/correct/non-test domain. I expect that your pretty URL plugins will automatically use that setting to generate the URLs, so you probably won't have to do anything else. If you have URLs hard-coded on any pages, those will probably have to be changed manually and a search-and-replace in the DB as you described would work if there are a lot of pages.

Good luck and let us know how you make out!
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