Here are the full details of how I moved my blog from the Kiwihosting Unix servers to Windows, skipping all the missteps, so it’s more of a how I would redo it.
I was running 2.2.3 (as that was the latest version I could get working on the older server ) and I have WordPress located in the directory \blog on my domain.
Download the full old site via FTP to local dir c:\temp\old
Export Wordpress contents (in 2.2.3 Manage > Export) to (wordpress.
Check-out the current SVN WordPress trunk to c:\temp\wp-trunk
note: I was having errors with release 2.6.3, so had to try 2.7-beta3
Export trunk (c:\temp\wp-trunk) to c:\temp\wp27
Copy c:\temp\oldroot to c:\temp\newroot
Replace the c:\temp\newroot\blog\ directory with c:\temp**wp27** contents
Copy the Uploads c:\temp\oldroot\blog\wp-content\uploads\ to c:\temp\newroot\blog\wp-content\uploads\
Make a copy of the default theme, I did this just to simplify merging changes from SVN with my own changes.
note: Change the header comment in c:\temp\newroot\blog\wp-content\themes\
\style.cssso you can tell the difference between your new theme and the default.
Created domain in Helm
Install the Propagation Support (Home > Domain > simeonpilgrim.com > Application Packs) to access site via a temporary URL
Create DB, via Helm
Create DB Users account, after step 11 you see the details on the connection string (with dummy values), notice that the box below has an Add User button, use that
Configure wp-config.php to point to DB
note: my database is on a non-standard port, so for the DB_HOST I added a port suffix so it looks like ‘server.name.com:3306’
Create FTP User account
Upload full site (c:\temp\newroot\) to new server
note: use the temporary URL as the WordPress address (URL) otherwise you will keep getting redirected to your old (and live) server. If you make this mistake you can log into myPhpAdmin (near bottom of left side bar) to edit the DB directly.
Import WordPress contents wordpress.
.xmlvia Tools > Import
* [WP-Mail-SMTP](http://www.callum-macdonald.com/code/wp-mail-smtp/) \- This is very important, as it allows WordPress to send email For kiwihost you just need to set **SMTP Host** to "localhost" and **Authentication** to "No: Do not use SMTP authentication." * [Google XML Sitemaps](http://www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/ "Visit plugin homepage") * [Google Analytics for WordPress](http://yoast.com/wordpress/analytics/ "Visit plugin homepage") * [FD Feedburner Plugin](http://flagrantdisregard.com/feedburner/ "Visit plugin homepage")
Fix Category slugs, any special character symbols get dropped when you import your old content, so for me the slugs for C# and C++ both became C, so I had to reassign the posts using those Categories
Change permalink format and turn on URL rewriting so it works
Change over DNS nameservers
If you have the site perfect, change the URL (Settings > General > WordPress address (URL)), otherwise do this after the next step
Wait a few days for DNS to roll-over
Remove the Propagation Support from step 10
Decommission old server and get 6 months free hosting for being so clever