How do i transfer my website to another hosting

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I want to change my webhost to another hosting, can someone please show me how i can successful transfer my website without losing anything on my website?
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  • Profile picture of the author Toby Couchman
    Can you give a little more information?

    Is your site database driven? (ie wordpress, joomla)

    What hosting control panel does your host use?

    Answer these and I might be able to help you.

    Cheers
    TC
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  • Profile picture of the author krestup
    my website is wordpress, i dont understand what you mean by hosting control panel...? I have my own cpanel where i host my other website(wordpress site).
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    You can have your hosting do this for you. But, changing the DNS directly can take some time. If anything contact a customer service rep, and explain what you need to do.

    OR

    check the google webmaster forum: Google Groups
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  • Profile picture of the author sonicadam123
    Like James says, your web host should be able to do this for you.

    Most hosts will offer this service completely free for you, when I transferred from Justhost.com to Site5.com they sorted it for free.

    Also if you have your domain registered with the host you're moving from and want to transfer that over to the new host then that may involve an additional cost, but this will depend on your new host.

    Personally I prefer to have my domains with a seperate registrar and leave just the web hosting to my hosting company not the domains.

    It might help if we had some more information, for example which host you're looking to move over too and if you have your domain registered with someone else or not etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author sonic74
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Here's complete instructions
      http://domainingdiva.com/transfer.pdf
      Suzanne's guide is very clear and detailed !

      ....but before you do anything, get first a Backup


      Then you can send the backups to the new host and they'll tranfer the sites for free !!

      Ofcourse, you will need to change the DNS of the sites through your registrar,in the end of the process when the filles of the sites have already moved successfully
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  • Profile picture of the author czilbersher
    Please be careful when you do this and make sure that either your new host (or your IT support team) can successfully MIGRATE (not merely 'transfer') your sites from your current host to your new host. I recently had a nightmare moving one of my sites from BlueHost to another provider (FatCow). When they screwed everything up, I had the domain migrated to Arvixe. They were great in sending me frequent emails telling me they were busy with getting busy, but they never made any progress on my migration. Three weeks later, my site dropped off the first page of Google. I reclaimed ownership, moved my site to 'JustHost' and decided to do the migration myself. Even though I am not technical, I was able to do in one weekend what the other hosting providers could not do...as budget hosting providers they did not have a vested interest in my business. Now everything is almost back to normal. I'm still not back on page one and have lost about 200 visitors a day, but in time I hope to get back there. A lesson learned.
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    • Profile picture of the author krestup
      Originally Posted by czilbersher View Post

      Please be careful when you do this and make sure that either your new host (or your IT support team) can successfully MIGRATE (not merely 'transfer') your sites from your current host to your new host. I recently had a nightmare moving one of my sites from BlueHost to another provider (FatCow). When they screwed everything up, I had the domain migrated to Arvixe. They were great in sending me frequent emails telling me they were busy with getting busy, but they never made any progress on my migration. Three weeks later, my site dropped off the first page of Google. I reclaimed ownership, moved my site to 'JustHost' and decided to do the migration myself. Even though I am not technical, I was able to do in one weekend what the other hosting providers could not do...as budget hosting providers they did not have a vested interest in my business. Now everything is almost back to normal. I'm still not back on page one and have lost about 200 visitors a day, but in time I hope to get back there. A lesson learned.
      A friend also told me about this too. That's why i want to find a way to do it myself.
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      • Profile picture of the author Robby54
        Most webhost will do this for you for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author hellow0rld
    Like mentioned above, some hosts will transfer your service free of charge or if you have a back up facility in cpanel use this.

    Cpanel
    Files
    Backup
    Full Back Up > Download or Generate a Full Website Backup
    Wait for back up
    Download zip
    Login to new cpanel
    Files
    File Manager
    Select directory
    Upload Zip
    Go back to directory
    Right click on zip
    Select unzip
    Files should now be ready.

    But wait. Before you complete the above you should login to wp-admin and export data via export option. If there are any issues in backup this will ensure you still have content.

    Also, cpanel back ups are limited. I can't remember the exact size but it might be 1-2gig. If your site is bigger than this. The easiest method (actually this is how I almost always do it)

    Login wp-admin
    Extract copy of data base
    Import copy of database to new wp-admin
    Import theme

    everything should be the same, otherwise check permalinks etc

    If you need any help, please feel free to let me know. Otherwise I recommend Media Fortress who do Business Grade hosting, Australian Web Hosting and Australian Domain Names.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Contact your web host provider and ask them for help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abitha
    The very first step is to take a backup of all the files from the older server that has to be transferred to the new server. All the files such as images files, database files and text files have to be taken backup. Though it is hectic and a long process it is very important. For backing up DB files, the phpmyadmin in the control panel can be used and for transferring the other files, we can use FTP and transfer it to the local hard drive.

    The next step is to upload the files into new server. During this upload process, making sure the path name is correct is very important. It is preferable to use database upload software for this process. When some error occurs in the file path, during the migration process, we will have to encounter the errors.

    The third step is to add the email accounts to the new servers. After it is done, the 4th step is to test the temporary mirror site on your new server. All aspects such as functionality, images everything has to be checked out. If any errors occur in the database connection etc in the mirror site we have to correct it immediately.

    The last important step is to change the domain name. It means that we are instructing the registrars that we are changing the domain name. We can update the DNS servers. It is a common mistake to change the DNS beforehand. If this process carried out, then the site will be down during migration. After 48 hours the DNS will be updated after which we can access the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author endlesslove
    You contact the new hosting provider to transfer data.
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    Most of the new hosting providers provide a free transfer as long as your last host had cPanel installed and they are ready to provide a backup.

    So, just contact them once, place a ticket and leave rest of the hosting team
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  • Profile picture of the author hellow0rld
    Originally Posted by krestup View Post

    I want to change my webhost to another hosting, can someone please show me how i can successful transfer my website without losing anything on my website?
    How did you go with the transfer?
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  • Profile picture of the author raitman
    I actually backed up the website on my hardrive and then uploaded to the other host. Of course you will need to redirect the domain name to the new host.

    Usually the new host will have help tutorial or customer service to walk you thru.
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  • Profile picture of the author fermanaziz
    well before moving to any other host i just ask them to transfer my sites for free...
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  • Profile picture of the author razza
    You will need to back up your files and your databases and do a transfer
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  • Profile picture of the author SensualTime
    if transfer website is there possibility that the website ranking will drop?

    hope someone can give information. i planned to move my website.

    Thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author kda1
      Easy.

      Get FileZilla (free program)

      Configure Filezilla (your web hosting service should provide this info...it's pretty easy)

      Connect to your current website's files (typically it's something like "public_html" where all of your site files reside).

      Copy and paste or drag them to your hard drive.

      Connect to your NEW web hosting service (don't forget to ask them for the Filezilla settings....if they can't do that then they shouldn't be in business)

      Paste or drag everything from your hard drive to your new website's files/locations.

      Change your DNS settings (through the service wherein your domain name was registered) to reflect the new web service DNS settings. Just ask your NEW web service what the DNS settings are.


      Done.

      Depending on your website's size and your connection speed it'll take about 5 minutes.

      If it's any help, I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (Linux based OS)
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by kda1 View Post

        Easy.
        Connect to your NEW web hosting service (don't forget to ask them for the Filezilla settings....if they can't do that then they shouldn't be in business)
        If they can't transfer their new customers site, they shouldn't be in business. It's hundreds of times faster to have your host ssh your backed up account over than it is to download & upload.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craftisy
    Use the backup wizard
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