Moving from GoDaddy to DreamHost


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For the last few years, has been hosted with GoDaddy – a firm I chose because they were inexpensive and seemed to have a decent reputation. Since then, I have had a number of problems with them. As a result, I decided not to extend my hosting contract with them, and to shift this site over to DreamHost, another hosting provider.

Non-technical people thinking of moving sites, be warned. It is not a painless process. In my case, it involved an awful lot of messing around in command prompts and hair pulling.

The trickiest thing is moving the MySQL databases that actually store WordPress posts and comments. For databases that are small, you can use a web interface to upload them to DreamHost. For larger databases, you need to export the old MySQL file, download it, upload it to your root folder on DreamHost via FTP, login to their server using ssh, create an empty database using their web interface, and then execute a command like this:

mysql -h -u exampleusername -pexamplepassword newdatabasename < olddatabasefile.sql

While I am sure that is all no big deal for some savvier tech types out there, the whole process was frustrating and a bit scary for me.

Please let me know if you are encountering any problems with the new setup. I know that – for some mysterious reason – photos of the day won’t load in Opera Mobile.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

EK December 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

As someone about to purchase a domain – do recommend DreamHost right off the bat?

Milan December 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Why do you want your own domain? Just for the more professional look?

If so, I would recommend using for content management, but having it hosted on your own domain. That way, you don’t need to deal with things like upgrades and all the complexities of running a server.

Also, if you eventually want to move to a site you host yourself, it is easy.

There are lots of neat things about DreamHost, but it is not user friendly – even for someone who has already been wrestling with web servers for a few years.

Milan December 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Things still not working:

  • The entire wiki
  • Older photo essays
  • Photos of the day, on mobile devices
  • wp-admin on mobile devices
  • SSL on mobile devices
Milan December 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Fixed: photo essays

Milan December 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Fixed: the wiki

EK December 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the advice.

. December 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

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