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Transferring Your Site to New Hosting

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by sackboy127, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. sackboy127

    sackboy127 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    I recently moved to a new hosting company, but I can't seem to move my sites properly.

    Here is what I did:

    - Downloaded all my files from the old FTP account
    - Set the nameservers and everything to match my new hosting
    - Then I tried copying the downloaded website files to their respective folders on my new FTP account (did this with an addon domain)

    Now when I try to access the site, it just goes blank.

    I've never done anything like this before, so I'd like to ask your advice about how to set up my sites on a new hosting, without manually re-istalling worpress, configuring plugins, re-posting articles etc.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ubunga

    Ubunga Newbie

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    Ask new hosting for sites move service. Most hosting offer this for free. This can be done under cpanel-->cpanel only.
     
  3. icosane

    icosane Newbie

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    Email your host service. They are usually really helpful. You probably have to setup an addon domain.
     
  4. JohnsonDaniel

    JohnsonDaniel Regular Member

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    Speaking to your new host is the best advice.

    However, if that doesn't work out for you, Google "move wordpress sites to new host".
    It can be done, and there are complex tutorials and more simple tutorials around if you search. The biggest issue is transferring the WP databases

    IIRC there is one tutorial out there which shows where to change your domain in the WP Options table, which recommends using a temporary domain (or the "user domain" provided by the hosting company (yourdomain DOT com / ~username), thus allowing you to test everything out before revisiting that table and changing to the actual domain.

    Good Luck, it's a bit of a headacahe, and, as mentioned at the beginning of my reply, if you can get your new host's help, it's going to make your life a thousand times easier!
     
  5. gundamwing

    gundamwing Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    if your site is wordpress try

    blogzapper
    backup buddy

    many php script on internet
    try search on bhw
     
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  6. sackboy127

    sackboy127 Regular Member

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    Thanks very much for all the help, I've got another small question:

    Where is the content, like posts and images etc. stored in a hosting account (with WP sites)? Which folder should I look into?

    Thanks!
     
  7. sackboy127

    sackboy127 Regular Member

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    Thanks, but what does DB stand for? :)
     
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    JohnsonDaniel Regular Member

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    DB = database - in this case, your Wordpress database
     
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  9. sackboy127

    sackboy127 Regular Member

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    And where is this located?
     
  10. JohnsonDaniel

    JohnsonDaniel Regular Member

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    You access your database by visiting your control panel (cPanel) and using PHPMyAdmin.
    You should see your database there, and should be able to export it.

    Don't mean to sound harsh, but, tbh, if you're not too sure about this sort of thing you need to either do a lot of googling and reading/watching tutorials, or you need to enlist your new host's help for the move.

    Good luck with it!

    PS If you can afford $5, you'll probably find someone on Fiverr who will take care of the move for you - just beware who you trust with access and your passwords, though, and remember to change them all when they're finished!
     
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    webnise Regular Member

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    Make sure you change your DB connection string in wp-config.php file as well according to your new host.

    I moved about 10 wordpress sites over this weekend and the downtime was about 30min for DNS propogation.
     
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  12. sackboy127

    sackboy127 Regular Member

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    All problems are resolved now, again, thanks very much for all the help!