Migrating a site from one installation to another

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09 Jun, 2010 04:01 PM

What is the most efficient way to move a site (themes AND content/assets) from an install on a dev server MT installation to a production server MT install?

  1. 1 Posted by Byrne Reese on 09 Jun, 2010 08:32 PM

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    We threw together this Knowledge Base article for you to help:


    Let us know if this fails to answer your question.

  2. Byrne Reese closed this discussion on 09 Jun, 2010 08:32 PM.

  3. collickb re-opened this discussion on 10 Jun, 2010 12:55 PM

  4. 2 Posted by collickb on 10 Jun, 2010 12:55 PM

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    Thanks for that... it's very similar to how I've been doing with some key points explained.


    In this case, I've a dev server and a production server. I've followed steps similar to your KB article to make the dev environment reflect prod, but as I continue developing users are modifying the production db. I've created a new site (blog) in dev and am looking for the most efficient way to add it ALONE to production server.

    While MT has a backup/restore tool, it requires a manual selection of assets. I'm wondering if there's a better way than individually confirming each of hundreds of assets.

  5. 3 Posted by Byrne Reese on 10 Jun, 2010 04:53 PM

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    To be honest I was unaware of MT requiring users to confirm each asset individually. That seems like a bug that I would notify Six Apart about. How honestly annoying.

    But what you are describing is not a wholesale server migration. It sounds like you need a way to move an individual blog. Possibly even keep the blog in sync between the two instances. As far as I am aware, this capability is not yet supported in the platform or by a plugin.

    Your instincts are aligned with mine. I would expect the Backup/Restore tool to achieve the result you are looking for. Its just that asset thing that is such a pain in the neck.

    Can you describe for me the user experience that you are seeing? What kind of approval do you need to provide for each asset?

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