Simple Guide for Server Migration or Transfer

One of the topics that mostly attract my attention on Webmaster forum is about site migration. Users that post threads about migration of one server to other are often confused and don’t know the procedure that how it is been done.

This post is a simple guide to all those migration issues. For cPanel users you have to do the following for site transfer.

Step One
Login to your cPanel and find the backup icon – which you can find on the homepage of cPanel. Click on backup.

Step Two
After the backup page opens – just see the “Home Directory” and click on it to begin downloading. After this has finished or along with it depending on your Internet speed click on the “Databases” it will also begin downloading.

After the both files (zips) have been downloaded – Login to your new cPanel where you have to transfer the files.

Repeat the Step One procedure and after the backup page opens.

Step Three
On the right of “Home Directory” option you will find a “browse” button – just browse the downloaded “home directory” file – select it and press the “upload” button.

Same thing is to be done for “Databases” – and when the two zips have been uploaded to the new server.

Open the “configuration file” of your website – this you can browse after returning to the home of cPanel and clicking “File Manager” just browse to the location of your configuration file for your system.

Common examples or filenames for configuration file is:
# Config.php
# Database.php
# Db.php
And commonplace you can find these files are “include” folder or the home folder of the website.

Edit the database details depending on the new server. One thing you have to make is the new database username – Which you can do by clicking on MySQL Database link on the home page of cPanel.

Last Step
This is all – you have done all. As wordpress installation says – were you expecting more steps – sorry to disappoint you.

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