Move from Free Classic Linux hosting to cPanel

When you upgrade from Classic hosting to cPanel, you will need to move your website. There are several options to do this yourself - either automatically or manually.

Before getting started, there are a few things you want to know:

  • The entire process will take a few hours. You do not need to do all these steps at once.
  • Your website will experience some downtime. You will choose how and when you want this downtime to occur.
  • This is a fairly technical process. If you usually have a web developer help with this sort of thing, that may be the best option - especially if you have a complex site such as an eCommerce site.
  • If your site is database-driven, you will need to make changes to your database connection strings. For more information, see What are the connection strings for my application's database?

Differences between your old new accounts

There are some important differences between your Classic web hosting account and the newer cPanel Linux hosting. This is because the new hosting platform does not support some outdated software platforms.

The following features are not supported in cPanel hosting:

Step 1: Get Your New cPanel Hosting

You will go through the normal purchase process for buying a new hosting account. Your new cPanel account is free for the first year.

  1. Go to the Web Hosting landing page, and click Add to Cart for Economy hosting.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Continue
  3. You will be on a page for a free domain offer. Skip this step by clicking I don't want my FREE domain.
    Warning: The offer for a free domain name will not work in conjunction with the discount for a free hosting account, i.e. you will not receive a free domain name with this hosting account.
  4. Change the term length of your new Economy cPanel hosting from 36 months to 12 months.
  5. Next to Have a promotional code?, click Add.
  6. Enter the code we emailed to you, then click Apply. This will reduce the price in the cart to $0.00.
  7. Click Proceed to Checkout, and then log in to your account if you are not already logged in.
  8. Finish the $0.00 checkout.

Step 2: Set up Your New Account with a temporary domain or subdomain

You need to set up your new hosting account with either a temporary domain or a subdomain. You cannot use the same domain as your Classic hosting account until it is cancelled, which should be done last.

Setting up your new account this way lets you minimize downtime, and also let you preview your site on the new hosting account. A simple way to do this would be to set up the account with migration.coolexample.com, using your own domain instead of coolexample.com.

To set up your account using a subdomain, see Set up your account.

Step 3: Move your site from Classic hosting to cPanel

Now for the fun part. You will migrate your website from your Classic hosting account to the new cPanel hosting. Fortunately, there are several different ways to do this. The best way to migrate your site depends on how your site is built.

Move your site automatically with Installatron

cPanel hosting uses Installatron to install and manage applications. If you are using an application that is supported by Installatron, you can use it to automatically move your site. Installatron will move the site and automatically update the site settings and connection strings for you.

Some of the most popular applications supported by Installatron include:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Magento
  • ZenCart

If you want to use Installatron to automatically move your site to cPanel, see our Installatron migration guide.

Move your site manuallly with FTP

If your site is custom-built, or does not use a common web application such as WordPress, you will need to move the site manually. Moving a site manually can be tricky, so it is important to folow all the steps in the right order.

If you need to manually move your site, follow our manual migration guide for moving your site from Classic hosting to cPanel hosting using FTP.

Step 4: Cancel your Classic hosting account

Warning: Before following these next steps, make sure that you have finished moving your site files to the new hosting, or backed up the site files to your computer. Once you cancel your Classic hosting account, you will be unable to recover any site files or databases on that account.

This is where we will actually cancel the Classic hosting account for good. When this happens, the site will go down almost immediately. The site will not go back online until you change the domain on the cPanel account. Once you cancel, it may take up to a few hours for the domain and original account to be removed from our records.

When you are ready, check out Cancel my hosting account.

Note: It can take up to 24 hours for the domain name to be available for use again after you cancel your hosting account.

Step 5: Change your domain on your new hosting account

It can take a few hours for the domain name to be removed from the Classic hosting before you can use it with your cPanel hosting. You should periodically try to change the domain on the new account one hour after canceling the Classic hosting account (e.g. changing migration.coolexample.com back to coolexample.com).

To start trying to change your domain name, see Change your account's domain.

After the change goes through, we'll make the appropriate updates on our side and your site should be live within a few hours. If you don't see the changes, contact customer support.

You're done! We think you'll find that the new and improved cPanel hosting is worth the effort.


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