Moving files to another hosting provider

There are few ways to quickly move from one hosting provider to another. Some of them:

1. Manually download via FTP client, and upload them to new host

2. The quicker one, do it over SSH command line

Okay for 2nd option, I will need SSH access both for old server and new server.

Then I will do database backup & restore. More of it here. But how do I transfer the database? After dumping it, I just put it on my old website and start downloading it from new server using WGET command.

Example:

wget http://www.mydomain.com/files/dump1.sql

File dump1.sql will be saved to current directory and restoration of database can be done from there.

Later I will start to transfer my files. What I will need is to compress the whole directory into a single tar file. For example:

tar -zcvf myfiles.tar.gz public_html

I will put myfiles.tar.gz to my old site and it’s now downloadable.

Then via the SSH at new server, I will get the file with:

wget http://www.mydomain.com/files/myfiles.tar.gz

After download complete, I will need to uncompress it:

tar -zxvf myfiles.tar.gz

Later I will need to change the owner and group of the files with:

chown -R [user] public_html
chgrp -R [group] public_html

I will then move the files to user folders.

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