I already have a website - can I transfer it?

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You can easily transfer any existing websites you have to your account here at GetFreeHosting.co.uk

Method 1: Compress and extract (10-20 mins depending on website size):

You'll first need to backup your website files on your existing web host. Make a copy of them and store them on your computer in case anything goes wrong. Download them into a .zip or .gzip compressed folder. Depending on your web host, most will allow you to download all your files into a compressed folder automatically (just by clicking a button). Remember to make a backup of any existing databases you have, downloading them into a compressed format too (most will do this anyway).

After creating a new account here at GetFreeHosting.co.uk, log into your favourite FTP program and connect to your GetFreeHosting.co.uk FTP account. Your welcome email will contain all your important FTP settings and login details.

Once connected to your new FTP account, upload your compressed .zip or .gzip file into your account.. Once uploaded, 'unzip' or 'extract' the compressed file to populate your file directory with all your website's files. This may take several seconds to a few minutes, depending on the file size and speed of your internet connection

If your website uses MySQL databases - don't forget to create new databases (using the same name) via your GetFreeHosting.co.uk control panel. Using the phpMyAdmin tool, you can "import" existing database contents into the new database you just created. Make sure you import the database from your existing host (that you saved to your computer) or your website won't work correctly.

If you have an existing domain name - remember to 'add' or 'park' it to your new GetFreeHosting.co.uk account via your control panel. After you've done this, make sure you change your domain's DNS settings. Information on how to add, park and change DNS settings can be found in a seperate article in this knowledgebase. It can take anything up to 72 hours for new DNS settings to take effect, but it is usually considerably quicker than this.

That's it, don't forget to check your website to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Welcome to your new home here at GetFreeHosting.co.uk!

Method 2: Upload everything manually (15-60 mins depending on website size):

You'll first need to backup your website files on your existing web host. Make a copy of them and store them on your computer in case anything goes wrong. Remember to make a backup of any existing databases you have too.

After creating a new account here at GetFreeHosting.co.uk, log into your favourite FTP program and connect to your GetFreeHosting.co.uk FTP account. Your welcome email will contain all your important FTP settings and login details.

Once connected to your new FTP account, transfer the files you downloaded from your previous web host and upload them to GetFreeHosting.co.uk. If you have a large number of files to upload, this could take some time and depends on the speed of your internet connection.

If your website uses MySQL databases - don't forget to create new databases (using the same name) via your GetFreeHosting.co.uk control panel. Using the phpMyAdmin tool, you can "import" existing database contents into the new database you just created. Make sure you import the database from your existing host (that you saved to your computer) or your website won't work correctly.

If you have an existing domain name - remember to 'add' or 'park' it to your new GetFreeHosting.co.uk account via your control panel. After you've done this, make sure you change your domain's DNS settings. Information on how to add, park and change DNS settings can be found in a seperate article in this knowledgebase. It can take anything up to 72 hours for new DNS settings to take effect, but it is usually considerably quicker than this.

That's it, don't forget to check your website to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Welcome to your new home here at GetFreeHosting.co.uk!

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Last updated on December 14, 2011 with 359 views