How to move my cPanel Linux Hosting website?


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  • Applies to: Shared Hosting
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 30
    • Tools Required: Account Center access

Overview

You can upload or backup your website by moving a copy of your files between your computer and your cPanel Linux Hosting account with File Transfer Protocol (FTP). You may feel free to use the FTP client of your choice; however in this guide we will be using FileZilla.

Before Starting

You will want the following:

  • Your Server IP address or domain name
  • Your FTP credentials
  • Your FTP password
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Instructions

The following screenshots are from FileZilla 3.14.1

    1. Launch FileZilla, then select File >> Site Manager.
    2. Fill out the FTP credentials as shown below:
      Host Server IP address or domain name
      Port 21
      Protocol FTP - File Transfer Protocl
      Encryption Plain FTP
      Logon Type Normal
      User Your FTP username
      Password Your FTP password

      For SFTP, substitute the following settings:

      • Port: 22
      • Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
    3. The end result in Filezilla should look similar to the following:
      FTP-1.png
    4. In the Remote site section, open your website's root directory. For your primary domain name, that's the public_html folder. The root directory might be different for a secondary or addon domain.
      FTP-2.png
    5. In the Local site section, open the location on your computer where you store your website files locally.
      FTP-3.png
    6. To upload your files: In the Local site section, select all of your website's files and directories and drag them into the Remote site section. Once the files have been moved, your site is live.
    7. To download your files: In the Remote site section, select all of your website's files and directories and then drag them into the Local site section. After the files have been moved, you'll have a backup of your website saved on your computer.

More Info

  • Uploading and downloading your website or your entire hosting account can take awhile, depending on the size of your site and your internet connection.
  • Here's how to find the root directory for a secondary or addon domain.
  • If your website uses databases (such as MySql or MSSQL), make sure that you also make a backup of those databases to create a full backup.
  • For hassle-free backups, learn about our paid Website Backup service.