Moving a Site

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This article explains how to move a site to another alwaysdata account. You need to have the necessary permissions on the original and the destination accounts to proceed with the transfer.

To do this we will use the SSH access rather than FTP which requires bringing the files back locally and then transferring them to the destination account.

In our example, we will consider the following information:

  • Original account name: foo
  • Destination account name: bar
  • Original database name: foo_base
  • Destination database name: bar_base
  • The site is located in directory $HOME/www/
  • We will use the default SSH users and databases, i.e. the ones created when the accounts are opened (e.g. foo for the foo account and bar for the bar account).

1. Copying files

We will use the scp command after connecting in SSH mode to the destination account.

bar@ssh:~$ scp -r* ~/www/

2. Importing the database

This step is only necessary if your site is connected to a database. You need to first create the database in the destination account.

  • MySQL:

    bar@ssh:~$ mysqldump -u foo -p -h foo_base > foo_base.sql
    bar@ssh:~$ mysql -h -u bar -p bar_base < foo_base.sql
    bar@ssh:~$ rm foo_base.sql
  • PostgreSQL:

    bar@ssh:~$ pg_dump -U foo -W -h foo_base > foo_base.sql
    bar@ssh:~$ psql -h -U bar -W -d bar_base < foo_base.sql
    bar@ssh:~$ rm foo_base.sql
  • MongoDB:

    bar@ssh:~$ mongodump -u foo -p -h -d foo_base > foo_base.bson
    bar@ssh:~$ mongorestore -h -u bar -p -d bar_base < foo_base.bson
    bar@ssh:~$ rm foo_base.sql

Change the configuration file for the previously copied site so that it points to the newly imported database.

3. Moving addresses

Now what remains is to move the addresses that link the site and the automatically generated SSL certificate.

  1. Go to the Web > Sites section in the original account,

  2. Choose the Transfer to another account action,

    Administration interface: move site - step 1
    Administration interface: move site - step 1

  3. And follow the steps.

    Administration interface: move site - step 2
    Administration interface: move site - step 2

To move it to another of their accounts, simply provide their own e-mail address.