How to move Joomla site to a new host/domain

How to move Joomla site to a new host/domain

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Here are the steps to migrate Joomla site to a new host/domain.

Step 1: Backup your files

Click here for our guide on how to take a files backup.

Download the files backup at a safe location and proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Backup your database

Click here for our guide on how to take a database backup.

Step 3: Create Database on the New Host

Click here for our guide on how to create a new database

Make sure that you write down the database name, username and its password. You will need them in the step 5.

Step 4: Import the database

Click here for our guide on how to import a database. If your old database is bigger than what you host allows you to upload, try gziping the sql file. phpMyAdmin allows you to import gzip files.

Step 5: Upload the files and update the configuration files

Update configuration.php to reflect the changes.

public $host = 'localhost';
public $user = 'YOUR NEW DATABASE USERNAME';
public $password = 'YOUR NEW DATABASE PASSWORD';
public $db = 'YOUR NEW DATABASE NAME';
public $log_path = '/home/sites/YOURDOMAIN/public_html/logs';
public $tmp_path = '/home/sites/YOURDOMAIN/public_html/tmp';

Step 6: Update folder permissions

The last step is to update permissions of the following folders to 755 or all read and write.

/cache
/tmp
/log
/images

Additional step: If you are moving to a new domain

Make sure you let the search engines know about the new domain. You can create a 301 redirect from your old domain to the new one. Click here for our guide on how to do a 301 redirect.

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