Moving my photo site to a new URL and server

This post is pretty much just a note to self (I tend to have to relearn how to write Apache rewrites every time I use them), but I thought it might be useful to others as well.

A few months ago I set up a Twitpic-esque WordPress site for hosting my mobile photos. Since then, the shared hosting space where the sites lives has been filling up, so I don’t have much storage left, and I’ve also gotten a sweet new domain name. So this morning I took a few minutes to move the existing WordPress site (, part of a WP network at and to, on another server. Here’s how I did it:

  • Use the WP export tool (Dashboard > Tools > Export) to get an XML of the old site data (on
  • Create a new, empty site (
  • Import the content of the old site (Dashboard > Tools > Import > WordPress)
  • Move my custom theme (and its parent theme) to the new server, and activate it for the new site
  • To make sure that old links to* are redirected properly, put the following in .htaccess on the old server:
    # These two lines have to be somewhere near the top of your .htaccess
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    # Redirect old photo URLs
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} photos/*
    RewriteRule ^.*${REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

Because the main purpose of this site is to post from my mobile phone, I also had to change the settings in my WordPress Android app. It doesn’t look like this app allows you to change the URL of an existing site, so I just deleted the one I already had on the phone and added the new one, being sure to enable XML-RPC access first, at Dashboard > Settings > Writing.