Note: The Pro version now includes URL testing which catches these common errors before running.
I always recommend making a backup before running. If fact, the screen where you run the updates also contains a reminder to make a backup.
The most common issue when going live is caused by the server of domain’s DNS not being setup to handle the new domain.When the switch is made there is no way to access the site at the new location. This may be fixed by completing server configuration and/or pointing the domain’s dns to the correct location.
If that is not the cause, there may have been a typo when entering the new domain. If a typo occurs, the only way to fix it by reverting the database using the backup you made before running the plugin.
Common Typos include:
- Adding a / to the end of the old url and not to the new url.
- Adding an http:// to the beginning of the new url and not the old url.
If you don’t have a backup, you can update the database manually but changing the ‘siteurl’ and ‘home’ rows in your options table. Change those two row’s values back to your old domain, making note of what their current values are. This will restore access to your site again. You may then run the plugin again, this time using the value from the options table as the old url and the url you are trying to restore to as the new url. This will restore your site to it’s original state.