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Migrate website to another host

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by kurosaki4d, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. kurosaki4d

    kurosaki4d Regular Member

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    Hello,

    I am currently hosting a wordpress website in Godaddy, however i entend to move it to Sitegroud along with the domain name.

    That been said, i will be unlocking and migrating completely the domain name to Siteground, so i am concerned because i want to know if there will be any downtime for my website in Godaddy, if so, approximately how long will that be ?

    So if anyone have any idea or any experience on a similar matter i would appreciate any valuable informations you can provide me with.

    Thank you
     
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    I don't recommend having your domain and hosting with the same company, it only creates issues if your hosting goes down and you need to temporarily redirect your domain.

    On the hosting itself, as long as the transfer is done properly you should have zero effective downtime. Just about every hosting company does offer free transfers through their support department, so just open a ticket and they'll handle the rest.
     
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  3. Richard Parker Tech

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    Hi buddy,
    For domain transfer, we can do domain unlocking and transfer within minutes but depending on service provider like Godaddy and sitegrond it will take some propogation time of 5-7 days(approx).
    If you are using VPS server you can migrate using account transfer tool. Another way is use duplicator plugin and restore backup in new account.
    After domain transfer, wait for the acknowledgement mail from service providers. Finally do dns changes for your domain.
     
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  4. Motorhead

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    First, transfer all your files and database to your new server.
    After completely transfered, point your DNS to new server.
    If you do it correctly, there will be almost zero downtime.
     
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    What?

    Any host worth their salt will do it for free and if they do not one should avoid them.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions
     
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    I doubt Godaddy will do it without going through downtime because they are very careless - If done correctly, you won't have any downtime.
    Also if you have SSL with the previous host, don't forget to mention them about it.
     
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    I would contact the host that you are moving to they will be able to help you with migration. There is no issue at all leaving your domain with go daddy and then your hosting with site ground.

    Usually migrating a Wordpress site there should be no down time as long as you leave your old hosting account up and running. depending on DNS settings sometimes the site could go down and that could be up to 24 hours but usually you won't see any time time on this type of hosting plan if things are planned out.

    Best of luck
     
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  10. kurosaki4d

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    Thank you very much for all your help !

    I hear you, i see everybody here is advising me against moving my domain name to another hosting and with everything i've read it makes sence.

    However, just so you know, i am unlocking and migrating my domain name for one mainly one reason:

    - in Godaddy i changed the domain nameservers to point to my CDN, so if i keep my domain name in Godaddy i will have to change those DNS servers names to point to Siteground therefore i won't benefit from the cloud speed. Do you have any suggestions for this issue? I would appreciate it very much !
     
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    Thank you for your look out :)
     
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    You'll still keep the CDN, you only need to update your CDN records to point to SiteGround instead of GoDaddy.

    The reason I suggest keeping your domain away from the hosting is because hosting companies are virtually always resellers of some other registrar. When you buy or transfer a domain with them, you're authorizing them to buy it form Tucows/Enom on your behalf. And since they're the on-paper 'owner', they have the right to terminate your domain if you ever violate the terms of their hosting, and charge an additional transfer fee if you want to move elsewhere.

    If you want to move your domain away form GoDaddy, I'd strongly recommend NameSilo, though I've also had good experiences with NameCheap and PorkBun.
     
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    There should not be any downtime if the migration is done properly. If I was you, I would first transfer the files and db. Then try with a different domain (or with naked ip) and see if everything works properly. Once I am confident that the site works in the new host, I would change the dns record/a record depending on what is being used. That should instantly switch the host without any issues.
     
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    Thank you very much, this is exactly why i seek answers around here! You seem to speak from experiences. Thank you for sharing!

    Currently i have my DNS records in Godaddy set towards nameservers of the CDN. However if i migrate the website and i leave the domain where it is, will i need then to set the nameservers in godaddy to point to Siteground then in Siteground i set the DNS towards the CDN? Is that the right configuration? I'm not sure if what i said made sence..

    @Gogol
    That's exactly what i will do, i'll follow your advice. Thanks. But if i'm gonna use the naked ip to test the website, naturaly i will need to replace the domain names in my database with the ip to make it work so i can fully test the website ?
     
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    If you're using CloudFlare, you can follow the guide here: https://www.siteground.com/tutorials/cloudflare/

    If you're not using CloudFlare, or if that guide doesn't fit your particular setup, the SiteGround support department should be able to help.
     
  16. Riley Mason

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    I faced the same issue before 1 week.When support told me that will go smoothly and Hostgator was,my website was 3 days down.:(
    I transfer from Hostgator to Interserver.Imagine that.
     
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    I had to move one domain for a client from Godaddy to Namecheap. I managed to transfer domain 1st and then had to wait 24 hours to resolve the DNS. However, deleting an existing SSL was a big job as it was pointing to the domain (EV-SSL) So, i managed to move domain as well as the SSL. Then migrated the wordpress to the new hosting. It took 48 hours to move a complete website to another host.

    *It was a new website.
     
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    Not really needed. I am sure you can set the site url via wp-config.php
    I havent touched wp or php for a while now but it was most probably, wp_site_url/ wp_url or something similar (google it, i am on mobile sorry). That will change the domain on the runtime.