Upgrading to custom domain AND redesigning site

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  • #3291066

    jenbeee
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    Hello,

    My client has a site hosted on wordpress.com. They are upgrading to a plan in order to get a custom domain, and at the same time, implementing a redesign. I’m doing the redesigning. I created my own individual free account on WordPress.com to build and test their new site. I’ve done some customization to the new theme.

    My question is this: How do I deploy the new site design (currently under my account) to their new domain (under their account), and have their existing mysite.wordpress.com domain redirect to the new site? It looks like export/import only transfers content, not theme and customization. I need to move the entire thing to my client’s account – how do I do that?

    The blog I need help with is qpptest.wordpress.com.

    #3291630

    Hi jenbeee,

    How do I deploy the new site design (currently under my account) to their new domain (under their account)

    I’m afraid there isn’t a way to move a customised theme from one WordPress.com site to another. One workaround would be to transfer ownership of the site from your account to theirs (which would keep all of the customisations place):

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/transferring-a-site-to-another-wordpress-com-account/

    Otherwise, the only other option would be to manually transfer the customisations over to the site in your client’s account.

    It looks like export/import only transfers content, not theme and customization.

    That’s correct, our import and export tools only work for posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, and references to your site’s images — not themes and customisations.

    and have their existing mysite.wordpress.com domain redirect to the new site?

    If you decided to work on a new site and transfer it to your client’s account, a site redirect could be set up for their existing site:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/

    A site redirect wouldn’t be necessary if you manually copied over the customisations to the existing site in their account — the free address would automatically redirect to the custom domain they choose.

    Come back to me if you have any questions.

    #3291637

    supernovia
    Staff

    It looks like export/import only transfers content, not theme and customization. I need to move the entire thing to my client’s account – how do I do that?

    That’s correct. We don’t currently have a way to import / export design customizations. It would be a nice feature, though, so I’ll note this request.

    For now, you have a few options: you can keep track of the changes you’re making, so you can make them on the live site. It’s a manual process, but since the design is all thought through it’s usually a matter of copying over settings and what not.

    Or, if your client would be okay with it, you could literally move the staging site to their account, then they can point their domain to it. And they could redirect the old site to the new one ($13/year; they’d likely only need it for one year.)

    Let us know which option would work better for you, and we can help you get started.

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