Many times when a customer is new to InMotion Hosting they will already have a complete website that they’d like to move over to us from their existing hosting company.
In this guide we’ll review some key articles that can help you facilitate your own website transfer if you wanted to get things setup right away and you didn’t wish to wait for our support team to complete a website transfer for you.
Shared website transfer from cPanel host
These articles cover steps you can follow if your previous website hosting company also utilizes cPanel. You can simply create a partial home directory backup at your previous cPanel host, as well as a backup of your MySQL databases, and then restore those directly onto our server.
Backing up your data
Restoring your data
VPS and Dedicated website transfer
These articles go over how to copy single or multiple cPanel accounts from another cPanel host to your VPS or dedicated server with InMotion Hosting.
Copying accounts with cPanel access
Copying accounts with root server access
To follow these articles you would need to have root access on your VPS or dedicated server.
Merge or split cPanel accounts to fit hosting package
On a shared cPanel hosting package you can only have 1 cPanel account. So if you happen to be moving from another cPanel host where you have multiple cPanel accounts you might want to merge them all together so they can be placed on a shared server.
VPS and dedicated servers support multiple cPanel accounts, so if you had multiple domains all under 1 cPanel account at your previous host, and are moving to a VPS or dedicated server with InMotion Hosting, you might consider splitting up your 1 cPanel account into multiple cPanel accounts so that you can split up access and management between your different websites.
Merge / split accounts via cPanel
Merge / split accounts via SSH
Website transfer from non-cPanel host
If you are migrating your website and your previous host doesn’t utilize cPanel then there are a few more steps involved for getting all of your data over to our servers, these articles will cover that in-depth.
Testing your website and making it live
After you’ve finished moving your website data to our servers, more than likely you’ll want to directly check on your website to ensure everything is running properly. Once you’ve confirmed things look good, you can then update your domain’s name servers entries to start pointing at our name servers.
Testing your website
Make your website live with InMotion
If you have a WordPress website and only need to transfer the website itself, consider exporting the WordPress site data and uploading it at the destination.