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How to move a complete site to a new host?


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Hi, I bought a ready made oscommerce site from a guy last year. He registered the domain I gather on namecheap and I don't have the password etc for that. The site has been hosted with him. Now I have a resellers account and want to move my site's hosting as it won't cost me anything. This guy is telling me that the mysql database can't be moved from my site???? Basically telling me I can't move my site unless he charges me to do a complete new install or something to that effect? What's the deal with that??? I know there are sour grapes there as he wants my hosting $ and he's doing his utmost to make it hard for me to move my site.


Can someone please tell me the steps that I need to take to move hosting with my oscommerce site? I have about 50 customers registered and a couple hundred products on the site.


I did go into the hosting admin that the site came with and backup and download all the files, figuring I could just then upload to my new hosting, but the zip file that downloaded seems to have a problem. When I unzip it I can see all the files but I get an error if I try to move the files to a folder or view then or anything. So all I have is a big zip file but I can't upload that. Is this normal? Do I need to copy every page and upload one at a time from the existing admin?


Please help!! Thanks!

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You should be able to unzip the files to a directory on your pc, then upload them all to the new host. As for the db, if you have access to phpmyadmin, you can export the tables to a .sql file and then run that file on your new host through their phpmyadmin. That will set up your tables. You will have to create the database there first though. Also, you will have to edit the configure.php files to reflect the new domain name(if that changed) and mysql server.

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Here's what you should do...


1. goto your store admin panel and backup the database...in the TOOLS section...


2. then FTP to the site and download all the files in the store's directory..


3. then you have all your files and database to upload to the new server...


4. then you would need to edit the includes/configure.php & admin/includes/configure.php files to work with the new server url's and all


5. then make a new database on the new server...


6. populate it with the old database file...


Then you will have excactly what you had on the old server...


If you need any help let me know...



Mike Spires

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