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09-03-2004, 09:03 AM #1michaelfooGuest
Steps to Move Hosting Account + Minimize Downtime
Below is a guide for webmasters to help them moving their hosting accounts & minimize downtime during the movement. This tutorial is suitable for all cPanel users.
1. Order a new hosting plan. If possible, use the same username for your new hosting account. The reason is, your account will be created in /home/username. If you use a different username, you will need to reconfigure your dynamic content scripts and change the "path to home" to point to the new directory. Many people did not use the same username for their new accounts and finally got themselves into hassles.
2. Get the login information via IP address from the new web host.
3. Log into your current server cPanel.
4. In Cpanel, choose Backup.
5. Download the ALL files (FULL BackUp, mySQL, Aliases, Filters)
6. Log into your new server cPanel using the IP address given from the web host.
7. In CPanel, choose Backup
8. Restore all the backup files you have downloaded in Step 5, under each specific restoration field.
9. You will now need to go to the MySQL section. Create new users using the same dbuser & dbpassword for the particular databases and assign them to the databases. Please take note that by restoring the mySQL backups, it will not automatically create & assign users for you.
10. Log into your new site on new server via the IP address given by the web host, for instance:
11. Examine if everything uploaded is correct.
12. Email your current hosting provider and ask them point your DNS Entries to the IP address given by your web host.
13. If possible, ask them to lower the TTLs (Time To Live) to 600 instead of 14400.
14. Change the Primary Nameserver of your domain to point to your new server DNS.
15. Wait for 48 hours, update your Secondary Nameserver of your domain to point to your new server DNS.
16. The DNS takes at least 72 hours to propagate.
17. Finally when the DNS is propagated, contact your previous web host for the IP access information. You will need their IP address to check for emails that are sent to their server during the DNS propagation.
18. When you get the IP address, login back to the previous server to check for email:
You're done now!
Last edited by michaelfoo; 09-03-2004 at 09:06 AM.