Here I will outline the easiest process to move your Magento store to a different server/hosting. To perform the move, you should have access to the store files and database. Step 1:
Clean var directory of your current magento installation to free some space and copy all magento files to a temp directory or directly to the new server. If you want to speed up the process, you should compress all files and extract them on the target server. Also create a dump of your current database and move it to your new server.Step 2:
Once the files are copied, you should set the correct permissions for magento files and folders: var
and contents should have permissions “777” media
and contents should have permissions “777” app/etc
and contents should have permissions “777”Restore your old database’s dump into a new database table you are going to use for the new store.Step 3:
Now let’s set the new database connection settings in the file /app/etc/local.xml:
<initStatements><![CDATA[SET NAMES utf8]]></initStatements>
You need to replace db_prefix db_host db_user db_password
etc.. with your values.Step 4:
Open a db manager, such as PHPMyAdmin or similar and run the query below:
UPDATE core_config_data SET value="http://newhost.com/" WHERE path="web/unsecure/base_url";
UPDATE core_config_data SET value="https://newhost.com/" WHERE path="web/secure/base_url"
” is a new server domain name.
That’s all. Enjoy your old magento store on a new host. Also if you didn’t clean out your var folder in the previous steps – you should delete the folder var/cache now.
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