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How hard is it to move your websites to a different host?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by flipflop101, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    I picked some hosting 3 months ago without any real thought. I knew about Hostgator and all the rest but decided to try ExtremeWebHosting.

    I've now got about 8 sites set up on there, I'm running into PHP memory errors on a Wordpress site running a fairly hefty shopping template.

    Think I need to move hosts. Is Hostgator still recommended these days?

    How difficult is it to move a live Wordpress website to a different host?

    I have NEVER had to do this before.
     
  2. eloquenceeee

    eloquenceeee Regular Member

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    I use Hostgator unlimited hosting to host an array of my websites, and it works well. They also have excellent customer service and helped me quickly when I had a problem.

    Moving a WP site shouldn't be too difficult. WP website has a guide to doing it. If I could post links I would link you.
     
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    chrisking Junior Member

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    If you have cpanel it is really easy. Just some few clicks.
     
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  4. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    Ah great cheers guys, I'm just on Live Chat with them now. I was hoping to find something with mod_gzip so I can speed up the wordpress sites but he's telling me I would need VPS hosting. I don't know anything about this as I've never used anything but a basic hosting package with Cpanel.

    Any ideas if this is worthwhile? I was planning on only paying $7-$10 a month but that would be taking things to a different level. Also I was hoping to increase the PHP memory as I'm getting a few errors, apparently the max is 64mb unless I go VPS although I believe 64 may be enough.
     
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    blackhatdavid Regular Member

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    I too have Hostgator (for 2 years) and have been very satisfied.

    Moving websites shouldn't be too hard. The easiest way would be to keep your account (not hosting though) at your current provider. Here's what I would do:

    1.) Open a new hosting account.
    2.) Make backups of your sites on your old host (If they are Wordpress, there are a couple neat programs available that will copy the database & site all together. Check around here for "cloning wordpress".)
    3.) Point the name servers of you old host to your new host.
    4.) Create the sites on your new host.
    5.) Restore your backups to the sites on your new host.

    Good luck!
     
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  6. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    David you make it sound SO SIMPLE! haha
     
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    Bulibasa Newbie

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    I tried this a little while ago and it was a disaster. Somebody told me there was a plugin that you can use but it was too late for me. I'll go and look for the plugin and get back if I can find it. :eek:

     
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  8. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    So you guys on HostGator, are you using the Webhosting Baby Plan or the business plan? Looks like they're the same other than the dedicated SSL and IP which I'm not sure I need right now.
     
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    Knoxgates Supreme Member

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    Opt for Baby plan. It's good to host 5-6 websites. Downtime is less, support team is very active there.
     
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  10. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    I think maybe this is the one people are referring to.

    Code:
    http://austinmatzko.com/wordpress-plugins/wp-db-backup/
    There's a tutorial here:

    Code:
    http://maketecheasier.com/clone-and-migrate-wordpress-blog-to-new-server/2008/01/30
     
  11. blackhatdavid

    blackhatdavid Regular Member

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    I think this just backs up the DB. This is not what you want! You want to backup the DB and all your site files. Look at WPClone, WPTwin plugin, or Blog Zapper.
     
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    Knoxgates Supreme Member

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    No matter what host you select for shared hosting, But please take regular backups to be on safe side. Do it with cpanel so that if something goes wrong you should be able to restore your backup manually. It's a nightmare to change hosts frequently.
     
  13. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    I noticed WPTwin is in the member downloads. Cheers for all the input and advice guys.

    Running into a PHP memory problem which I'm not sure will be solved by moving hosts anyway.

    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 67108864 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 12104 bytes)

    Which is the same amount allocated on HostGator. Am only running Askimet and Cforms plugins so seems strange to be getting this.
     
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    rock.sit Newbie

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    Nice share
     
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    I just came back and I see some of the other guys have helped already, thats good. Depending on which host you have you might be able to get a hosting upgrade with them and they normally transfer everything for you, have a chat with them. To be on the safe side it would be best to take a backup just in case things go wrong and you have to do it yourself manually. :eek:

     
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    sentinelbot Newbie

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    Switching host for a wordpress site is relatively easy, check the wordpress website for a guide. Please do remember to always backup your website on regular basis, just incase something went wrong.
     
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    pyronaut Executive VIP

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    If you get a VPS, you can generally do a WHM to WHM transfer which copies your sites in it's entirety including databases, emails etc. Your host should be able to do this for you, we do it for our customers if they purchase a VPS.

    Also, the memory error you are getting is pretty unlikely to be fixed while using shared. Not many hosts will allow over 64mb in PHP memory.
     
  18. Lancez

    Lancez Regular Member

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    Do you want to try my hosting?

    Try and see no harm.
     
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    spongetimetable93 Newbie

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    If you have backup and panel, it's easy
     
  20. Limelike

    Limelike Junior Member

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    Its pretty simple create a back up of your site in your current cpanel using the backup wizard make a full back up. After you have got your Hostgator account go to there cpanel and you can restore a full back up easy as 123 lol