How to move Opencart site to a new host/domain

Here are the steps to migrate Opencart 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 config.php and admin/config.php to reflect your new domain path.

define('DB_USERNAME', 'new_database_username');
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'new_database_passowrd');
define('DB_DATABASE', 'new_database_name');

If you are moving your site to a new domain, also update config.php and admin/config.php for the following lines.

define('HTTP_SERVER', 'http://newdomain/');
define('HTTP_IMAGE', 'http://newdomain/image/');
define('HTTP_ADMIN', 'http://newdomain/admin/');

define('HTTPS_SERVER', 'http://newdomain/');
define('HTTPS_IMAGE', 'http://newdomain/image/');

If you are facing issues after the migration, double check the file permissions on the following folders. The permissions should be 0755 for Linux hosting or “Read & Write” for Windows hosting.


Also, double check the directory paths in config.php and admin/config.php files. It should be something like


If you have recently moved your Opencart installation to a new host or a domain and you are having issues with the admin where it keeps logging you off, make sure you have the php.ini file in your public_html folder.

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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