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Using cPanel to Move Your Website to a New Host

Posted by Jamison on 13 10 2016.

So you decided to move your website to a new web hosting service that does not only offer better and more efficient performance, but cheaper rates too. Best of all, this new-found hosting company also uses cPanel as one of its main control panels. The transfer process is easy, as long as both of the hosting service providers run the Linux-based cPanel.

 

Although the migration process is usually similar, for the sake of making things easy, let us say your new preferred web host is InMotionHosting, since it also runs on cPanel.

 

Here is what you need to know when it comes to using your cPanel account to move your website to your new host, which in this situation, is InMotionHosting.

 

 	 Assess your site first. 

 

Because your previous host runs cPanel, transferring it to another cPanel-run host, like InMotionHosting, is quick and simple. However, you need to assess your site first…

So you decided to move your website to a new web hosting service that does not only offer better and more efficient performance, but cheaper rates too. Best of all, this new-found hosting company also uses cPanel as one of its main control panels. The transfer process is easy, as long as both of the hosting service providers run the Linux-based cPanel.

 

Although the migration process is usually similar, for the sake of making things easy, let us say your new preferred web host is InMotionHosting, since it also runs on cPanel.

 

Here is what you need to know when it comes to using your cPanel account to move your website to your new host, which in this situation, is InMotionHosting.

 

  1. Assess your site first.

 

Because your previous host runs cPanel, transferring it to another cPanel-run host, like InMotionHosting, is quick and simple. However, you need to assess your site first to determine how big your entire cPanel account is. cPanel has a nifty and very useful backup tool that will enable you to create a backup of your entire account, including your files, emails, details, and databases.

 

InMotionHosting has a slightly different process for migrating cPanel accounts of more than 3GB. In this guide, we will discuss the procedure for cPanel accounts under 3GB.

 

  1. Create a backup.

 

Before continuing the migration process, it is always wise to create a backup of your entire site. And as mentioned above, you do not have to worry since cPanel has a tool specifically for that.

 

  • To create a full backup, just sign into your cPanel account and look for the icon that says “Backup Wizard” – this is the cPanel backup generator.

 

  • Next, choose the icon for “Backup –>”. A new screen will pop up, allowing you to choose between a partial or a full backup.

 

  • Since you want to back up your entire site, choose the option for “Full Backup –>”. Choosing this will generate a zipped copy of everything in your site. You will encounter a message after clicking the “Full Backup –>” icon, which will basically just tell you that the backup produced is for migrating to a new server.

 

  • A new screen will appear, which will ask you where you want to store the backup file. You will see there an option for “Backup Destination”. The default setting is “Home Directory”, and you would want to keep it that way.

 

  • As for the text box for “Email Address”, just put in any valid email address you own. Once the backup procedure is complete, the server will send you a valid email address in this email address.

 

  1. Download the backup file to your new hosting service.

 

Download the backup file created either by clicking on the provided link in cPanel’s backup wizard. You may also choose to log into the new server through FTP to download it. Connecting to the server is faster with FTP access. With the use of FTP, you can upload every file all at once.

 

  1. Request for backup restoration.

 

When you move to InMotionHosting, you just need to send a request so they can restore your website through the backup file you just created.

 

As you can see, it is easy to move from one host to another, as long as both run on cPanel.