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Know the Facts! Moving Websites to New Hosts Through cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 21 09 2015.

While doing a comparison of the latest deals and promotions offered by web hosts, you stumbled upon a newer and much better service provider. To make things even better, the rates being charged are even more affordable than your current one. So you thought of moving your site to a new host. If you are using cPanel, this can be quite easy. It is even a lot simpler if the new host you are planning to switch to also runs cPanel.

 

With moving sites being so easy, especially those that are cPanel-integrated, there are many web hosting service providers that offer to do all the work, at absolutely no additional cost to the client. Some offer these free services for a couple of weeks, while some implement a no-cost site transfer for up to 30 days.

 

Before getting into a contract with the new web host, though, there are several things that…

While doing a comparison of the latest deals and promotions offered by web hosts, you stumbled upon a newer and much better service provider. To make things even better, the rates being charged are even more affordable than your current one. So you thought of moving your site to a new host. If you are using cPanel, this can be quite easy. It is even a lot simpler if the new host you are planning to switch to also runs cPanel.

 

With moving sites being so easy, especially those that are cPanel-integrated, there are many web hosting service providers that offer to do all the work, at absolutely no additional cost to the client. Some offer these free services for a couple of weeks, while some implement a no-cost site transfer for up to 30 days.

 

Before getting into a contract with the new web host, though, there are several things that you need to first keep in mind. Equipping yourself with this knowledge is going to make the transition problem- and hassle-free.

 

  1. It Is Better to Move from One cPanel Host to Another cPanel Host

 

It is important to stress the importance of transitioning your website from one cPanel host to another cPanel host. The main reason for this is simply because the new host is going to find it easier to have your website back up and running optimally. If your goal is to make the move as smooth and as problem-free as possible, your new web host choice should ideally be running cPanel too.

 

  1. Creating a Backup is Always a Wise Idea

 

Whether or not the new web host is going to create a backup for you, it is always a smart move to create your own. This is going to help prevent a potential disaster, in the event that data loss may take place.

 

To prevent disaster, such as huge or even complete data loss, you need to back up your website. Fortunately, cPanel makes this process a breeze. It has a built-in function that is specifically designed to create partial or complete site backups. You can find both options on the ‘Backups’ tab on the panel’s home page.

 

A Step by Step Guide on Creating Database Backups

 

So how do you back up your website in preparation for the move to a new web host? First, and foremost, you have to download all these files from the folder named ‘public_html’. You can use any FTP client for this task.

 

Here is a step by step guide you can follow.

 

  1. For a full backup creation, locate and select the ‘Backup Wizard’ icon on the home page of your cPanel account interface.

 

  1. Click on the ‘Backup’ text button. A screen is going to pop up, offering you an option to create either a partial or a full backup.

 

  1. Choose the full back up option. Upon doing so, a zipped copy of all the contents of your site is going to be created.

 

  1. Another screen is going to come up, asking you where you want to save the backup file. You can choose any location for this, or leave the default as it is, which is the ‘Home Directory’.

 

  1. Provide the email address where you want the notification of the completed backup to be sent to.

 

Once the task has been completed successfully, you can obtain the file by clicking on the link shown on the backup wizard link. You can also press F5 to refresh the browser. Another way is to log into the server using your chosen FTP and retrieve the file from it.

 

  1. Root Access is Required Whenever a Site Needs to Restored

 

As soon as and your your web content back up is ready, you should contact the new host right away. You need to request root access when restoring your site from just having been fully backed up, and the access can only be given by the new site.

 

Avoid wasting precious time when moving your website to a new host; choose a highly trusted, cPanel-using service provider to have your website up and running again in no time.