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Site Flipping - Transferring The Site After The Sale

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Posted 14th September 2009 at 07:41 PM by Sheryl Polomka

I have had a few people ask me how do you transfer the website to the new owners hosting after it is sold. If you have a site flipping business then you need to know how to do the after sales transfer.

There are a number of ways you can do the after sales process and I suggest you find the way that is going to work out quickest an easiest for you.

The transfer process will also vary depending on whether you are hosting the sites on your own reseller hosting account or whether you are just referring your customers to a hosting company such as Hostgator.

Option 1 – Reseller hosting

If you are hosting the sites on your own reseller account, then the actual website doesn’t need to be physically transferred. In this case, you just need to change the affiliate details – or give your customers instructions on how to change them – and then transfer the domain name through GoDaddy to the new owner. You will need to have some hosting subscription payment buttons setup and follow through to make sure that your customer has signed up to the hosting.

I usually allow 7 days, after which time if they haven’t signed up to hosting I will suspend the website on my hosting and send the customer an email letting them know that the site has been suspended and that if they don’t sign up to hosting within the next 7 days the website will be deleted. These are my terms, but generally I give them a little longer as sometimes things happen that can’t be avoided and they may not be able to sign up in time.

Option 1 – Other hosting

If you are not offering hosting, but are referring your customers to a hosting company, then you will need to physically transfer the whole site over to their hosting. Usually I will offer the customers a deal that if they sign up to hosting through my link then I transfer their website for free. If they sign up through another link or to a different hosting company, then I charge $30 for the transfer (I state this in my Ebay listing so they know in advance of the possible charges ahead).

The transfer process can be quite involved and seem a little difficult at first, but once you have done a couple it will get much easier. The tranfser is basically as follows:

1. Save a backup file from the cpanel
2. Download all the site files
3. Change the nameservers to point to the new hosting
4. Install Wordpress onto the customers hosting
5. Upload all the files (except the config.php file)
6. Go into cpanel, then into ‘phpmyadmin’ and run the backup file
7. That’s it, check the website to see that it looks ok

Then you just need to change the affiliate links, or give your customer instructions on how to change them. Then transfer the domain name to the new owner through GoDaddy. I always wait until I have transferred the site before transferring the domain name, it makes it easier for changing the nameservers.

The Site Biz Academy manuals give complete, step by step, illustrated instructions on the whole transfer process. Just remember that although it may seem difficult, it will get easier with a bit of practise.
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