Magento Server Transfer – Tried and Tested Method

Moving an entire Magento site from one server to another or between hosts can be a daunting task for non-server administrators.

I’m going to try and expand this over time.

  • Agree time frames, a day for file system sync, an hour for database update and DNS update.
  • Content Freeze – no new images or content is added by Store owner, customers continue to place orders and create accounts.
    • A copy of the site is downloaded to the new server via FTP
    • A snapshot of the database is taken and used to test the site on the new server
  • Database Freeze – no new orders, holding page on the front end, Admin Panel still accessible if required but no updates allowed.
    • Export/import database
      • Old Server: mysqldump -u YourUser -p YourDatabaseName > wantedsqlfile.sql
      • New Server wget http://www.yourwebsite.com/wantedsqlfile.sql
      • New Server: mysql -u YourUser -p YourDatabaseName < wanted.sql
    • Copy over/configure your SSL for the new site
    • Next-up is the DNS update to repoint the domain
  • Done

 

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Keith Greer

Senior PHP and Magento Web Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland.