I am constantly crawling various job boards looking for work. Every now and then I see a post by a non-profit organization that needs help. Some of these non-profits have little money to pay someone to move or fix their website and a lot of them are honest about this within their posts. I saw a post on jobs.wordpress.net from the PAAJAF Foundation. They were looking for a volunteer to move their community WordPress development site into its production environment. I emailed them and offered my help.
They emailed the next morning and we had a quick little Skype chat. They let me know that everything from the development directory needs to be copied over into the live directory. They had no plans on keeping the development site after the move which made everything easy. Within their cPanel host I duplicated the development directory and pointed their sub-domain to point to the newly copied folder. Since they were planning on ditching the dev site anyway, I kept the development MySQL database and updated the siteurl and home fields within the WordPress options table. This way I avoided exporting the SQL file, creating a new DB, importing the data and finally updating the wp-config.php file.
A few seconds later their their development WordPress site was live at community.paajaf.org. The total time to move everything took less then 10 minutes. Made me feel pretty righteous to use my skills to help out.
Now I’m off to look for my next project. If you are seeking help from a web professional, let me know. Hope to hear from you soon.