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#1 Guest_Philip_*

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 12:42 PM

I have been looking into how to move a wordpress site from a subdomain on one domain to the root of another domain ...for example: from: MyBlog.mysite.com to aDifferentSite.com.
I am not "tech Savy"...yet, but most of the problems in moving wordpress sites seems to be caused by serialized data--where simple "search and replace" doesn't work.
Does BackUp Buddy also handle serialized data?

Thanks for your time.
     Sincerely, Philip

#2 Jeremy Trask

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:33 PM

Hi Philip

Thanks for the enquiry.

Yes, one of the key functionalities of BackupBuddy when Migrating a site (the term we use for moving a site) is handling serialized data.

Serialized data is where data that is internally represented as, say, an array, is transformed into a simple string representation for storage (in the database) - such a representation incorporates length/value type pairs. So, if you change the "value" of a string (when Migrating) then (assuming the length of the string changes) then you also need to change the length component of the pair otherwise the array cannot be properly reconstructed when the data is read from storage. Obviously a simple search and replace has no knowledge of, or way of, accomplishing this.


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