After manually changing a hundred blog posts imported with another theme from “published” to “draft”, I figured it was time to actually look at my WordPress database, since we may wish to do some global link updates, once we get all of the media imported from another blog. One of the best tools for this on Windows is the wonderful HeidiSQL program.
My Ubuntu server which hosts mySQL wants an SSL connection to accomplish this, so SSL must be used with HeidiSQL. This is done by using a intermediate program called plink which sits between HeidiSQL and Putty (the terminal program for accessing the Linux command line).
I found an explanation of how to use pLink with HeidiSQL. However, if you can reach the command line using Putty and an SSL connection on port 22, then you don’t have to do the first part of the instructions, because you already have the server’s certificate installed on your machine. It was cool to be able to verify this in the Windows registry by looking at the registry key. And then, I was in.