Free Web Hosting Migrations
Posted on October 23rd, 2015
InterServer offers Free migrations for cPanel to cPanel servers.
Shared Hosting Migration
Basic info) For a standard shared hosting migration please have a full cPanel backup ready for download. You do not need to upload it to your new InterServer shared hosting account, however doing so will save some time. The current InterServer account should have no data in it, as the backup will overwrite any data. The username on the account may change during the restore, in order to match the username in the backup.
Your responsibilities) After a restore please log into the account to check the data, for example email accounts in cPanel and files in public_html. The MySQL database count and email accounts should match, and the space usage be very close between the two accounts. Before cancelling your old account, the dns should be changed and the account confirmed to be working.
Possible problems) Due to PHP differences you may need to change the PHP version in cPanel->select PHP version. Old php.ini / .htaccess files may need to be modified as well. If there is not sufficient disk space free, a backup in cPanel may not be possible.
Other) If a full cPanel backup is not possible, due to the previous host disabling the backup, or old server being too slow to make a backup, a normal migration is not possible. In these cases InterServer can copy the files via FTP from the old host to the new host. However this does not include MySQL and cPanel settings like sub-domains which must be manually restored. For MySQL your responsibilities would include taking a database dump and uploading the data to your InterServer account for a InterServer tech to restore.
Reseller Hosting Migration
Basic info) A reseller migration is done with out the root password. This means a standard copy using WHM is not possible for all accounts. Each account must be backed up to a full cpanel backup in a place for InterServer techs to download and restore on your new vps/reseller account or server.
Your responsibilities) After a restore is completed verify that the list account section has all accounts and that disk space is similar on both ends. You should also check some accounts for email and mysql to ensure they are fully copied.
Possible problems) Due to PHP differences you may need to change the PHP version in WHM->Apache builder/easy Apache. Old php.ini / .htaccess files may need to be modified as well. If there is not sufficient disk space free, a backup in cPanel may not be possible.
Other) If you are not able to get all accounts backed up for any issues, InterServer may be able to get the backups automatically if the following options are met:
– root/reseller override is available
– all accounts use x3 theme
InterServer however can not guarantee that this is possible, or not blocked by the previous host. In cases where backups are not possible to get, a transfer by InterServer can not be done. Any restore would be your responsibility.
Non cPanel systems
– For systems transferring from another control panel to cPanel, a free migration by cPanel is offered at http://cpanel.net/cpanel-whm/migrate-cpanel/ with your cPanel license.
– For non cPanel systems with out a control panel, InterServer can copy the files in ftp over to a new account. Mail, MySQL and any other data not with in FTP is not included.
Will there be any down time during the migration?
There is absolutly no down time during the migration. Even after the DNS servers are switched. Website traffic will either reach your old hosting company or new hosting company during the first 24 hours. We recommend not doing any website updates or maintenance during the migration period to ensure that the data is in sync.
Steps involved in migration
Let’s see how the migration is taking place and what are the steps involved in the typical cPanel to cPanel migration process.
Taking full website backup
This is the first step we usually take. A full website backup is needed to migrate a cPanel website. In this case, migration just means moving a backup file to another server and restoring it on that server. Let’s see how to take a backup using cPanel.
1) Go to Files >> Backup in the cPanel
2) Click on ‘Download a full website backup’ button as shown in the figure.
Now you’ll be navigated to a new window.
3) Click on ‘Generate Backup’ as shown in figure.
Now your backup will be generated. It will take some time to finish the backing up of your website. You can choose to send an email notification to an email address from this page, if you wish to do so.
When you get the email notification, you can verify the backup file from the cPanel interface also. Now we can proceed to the restore process.
4) Now set the permission of the backup file to ‘644’ from cPanel interface.
5) Now SSH to the server which you want your website to be transferred to.
6) Run the following command to download the backup file.
# wget old.ip.addres.s/~username/public_html/backup_file_name
This will download the backup file to the new server.
7) Now you can restore the account in the new server by running the following script.
# /script/restorepkg path_to_backup_file
8) The account is now transferred successfully. Now you need to update the DNS records with the IP address of the new server. You need to do this at registrar end and in the zone files also.
If you need any further assistance please contact our support department.