Migrate a website from Linux Hosting to my VPS or Dedicated Server

Here's how to migrate a full backup (home directory, databases, and mail) from a Linux Hosting account to a Managed VPS/Dedicated server using cPanel and WebHost Manager (WHM). There are two main steps, which we'll explain in more detail below:

  • First we'll create a backup file from the source cPanel account and download it to your PC.
  • Then we'll use WHM to import the backup file to your server.

Create and download the backup file

  1. Go to your GoDaddy product page.
  2. Under Web Hosting, next to the Linux Hosting account you want to use, click Manage.
  3. In the account Dashboard, click cPanel Admin.
  4. In the cPanel Home page, in the Files section, click Backup.
    click backup
  5. In the Backup page, below Full Backup, click Download a Full Account Backup.
    click download a full account backup
  6. Below Generate a Full Backup, select Do not send email notification of backup completion, and then click Generate Backup. cPanel starts creating the backup file.
  7. Click Go Back, and below Backups Available for Download, click the file with the most recent date (the file you just created) to download it to your PC.

    Note: If the most recent backup file is "[inprogress]", refresh the screen. cPanel might take some time creating the backup file if you have a large site.

Upload the backup and finish migrating the site

  1. Open WebHost Manager (WHM). Log in with your server password, but use root as your username.
  2. In the Search box on the WHM home page, type "cpmove".
  3. Select Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File, and below Settings, select Restore with File.
  4. Below File to Restore With, click Choose File, browse to the backup file you downloaded earlier, and double-click the file.
  5. Click Restore. WHM uploads the backup file to the server and finishes migrating the site.

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