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How do I move my current site over to your hosting?
Posted by Jen on 10 June 2008 04:40 PM
If you rely on search engine rankings, and have a very good ranking with your current site, we recommend that you move your current site over to our hosting and link to it from the splash page. 
This will allow the search engines to still crawl all the content, and allow dial-up users to have access to your site since flash doesn't open well on dial-up connections.

Unfortunately because of the differences in servers, sites, etc. there is no easy way to write out instructions on how to move your site. 
Below are general instructions to assist in the process. 
If you run into any problems feel free to contact us and we will try to assist as best we can.


TO MOVE YOUR CURRENT SITE FROM YOUR HOSTING:
skill level: intermediate to advanced
what you will need: ftp login information for both servers, ftp program such as cuteftp or wsftp, possible access to both server's control panels

1. Access your old hosting companies server via FTP.

2. Select all files from within the web directory (usually www, public_html, root, etc)

3. Copy files onto your computer (to a location of your choice) - this process can take quite a while if there are a lot of folders.

4. Access your new server with us. 
   Your FTP information can be found in your welcome email. 
   The host can either be the server domain name (such as sitezhosting1.com) the server IP, or your domain name if propogated. 
   Your username and password would be the same as your CPanel username and password.

5. Go into the public_html folder. 
    You will most likely want to upload your old site into a subfolder to avoid overwriting any current files. 
    The subfolder can be named anything (such as html, site2, oldsite, etc.)
    You just need to make sure that the new sub folder that you create does not already exist on your servers main level.

6. Drag/move all your old sites files into the new subfolder (public_html/subfolder/)
    If you had a basic html page then it should be able to be seen at yourdomain.com/subfolder/ if your domain name is propogated. 
    If you site was more advanced you may need to also move over any databases related to the site. 
    In this case we recommend contacting your site's webmaster for assistance in moving the site over.
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