|First off, the most important thing is to make sure you specify a new and different URL for your new WordPress blog. When we install the software, it just goes in and overwrites any files with the same names that exist in that directory.. so don't set it to your live weblog URL for now!
If you're upgrading from an older version of WordPress, you should select the same database you were using before.. but remember, pick a new URL!
If you're switching from a different weblog system, you can choose any database you want (i.e. an old one or make a new one)... but remember, pick a new URL!
Now, click the button! After a few minutes you'll get an email with the URLs to go to depending if this is a new install, an upgrade, or a migration. Just follow the instructions at the appropriate URL carefully and you should be fine! (Note, we don't make any export files for you... it's up to you to export the settings of your old blog and then follow the instructions at the URL you're at to import them!)
Once you've finished those instructions, copy your original weblog directory somewhere safe for a backup. Now, via the options area of your WordPress management, change your WordPress URL to be the final URL you plan on using (there are two places to change it there!), then (make sure you do it after you've updated the WordPress URL in both places of the options area) just move (just via ftp or the shell) your temporary WordPress directory to the final URL's web directory and you're done!
Last updated: Jan 22, 2005.