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WordPress on a new subdomain

Thanks to the nice people at Hostmonster tech support (Christopher), without moving any of my files, I now have a new web address for the WordPress install, that is http://blog.murky.org/

What gave me a little confusion, soon overcome, was that even though my registrar is now hover, hostmonster can still manage the domain, that is because hover points at the old nameservers, which are hostmonster’s. So, why the move? It’s about separating out different roles – not having everything in one spot. If I ever want to break links with hostmonster, I can do this entirely from within hover by resetting the domain nameserver.

Anyhow, to create http://blog.murky.org/ I had to do was go to the subdomain management tools (which is on the top menu of hostmonster, not an icon on the main cpanel page) and make a subdomain which I directed to the directory containing WordPress.

As I type, this is also where www.murky.org is directed, I did it with an overlap so that mid-change I could still access the WordPress admin pages under one naming scheme or the other.

Creating the subdomain using the management tools also created the appropriate A name records too. I shouldn’t have needed tech support really in hindsight, but messing with domains is one of those things that you do very rarely, and so each time you do it, it is as new. If I had to do this task again tomorrow, no problem…. but in a year? I hope the above text will be enough!

I wanted to fix old links – and that was done with a WordPress plugin called ‘search regex’ – a quick search in post content for links to my old domain, and replacing with the new… job done. I also went into WordPress settings to change the URL there.

The next step is to cause www.murky.org to go to a different host – that is a job for another day – and it’s a slightly different task, so it’s back to square one.

If I was starting from scratch, would I do it this way? Hell no, I’d have the subdomains all with the registrar.

WordPress – The Big Change

WordPress is undergoing a big change right now, it’s upgrading to 2.7. Behind the scenes a lot is different, so much so that 2.6.5 to 2.7 seems like an understatement. It feels like a major revision, it should be 3.0.

Anyhow, I’ve taken the plunge with release candidate 1, and from now on I should be able to upgrade automatically with a click…. that is great if it works, and very scary if there is ever an upgrade bug (can you imagine the support forums?)

Everything seems different…. everything is different. It’ll take a while before I’m comfortable with the changes, but I’ll get there.

Something I want to do is write up a new theme for the website from scratch as the current theme is one cobbled together from pre-existing themes. To write a theme from scratch will, for me, take time – and that’s the issue. I also do need to go through and tag all the old posts – that takes time as well!

If anything looks broken, please do let me know.