Moving To A New Server

How To Move Your Installation To A New Server

As you may know, finding a great host for your website can be very difficult. Because of this, it is sometimes required that you move to a new server at a new hosting company. This document will give you an overview of what needs to be done in order to transfer AutoRank PHP and your data to a new server.
  1. The first thing you will want to do is backup your databases from the old server. This is easily done through the administrative interface using the database backup feature. Once you have generated your backup files, download them to your local computer in ASCII mode. The backup feature will backup most things for you, however if you have edited any of the template files you will need to transfer those to your new server seperately.

  2. Next, you will need to install AutoRank PHP on your new server. It is very important that you do not copy any files over from your old server. You should proceed with the installation as if it is the first time it is being installed. Follow the instructions in install.html to complete the installation. Once you have done that, you can upload any customized template files to your templates directory, if you haven't already.

  3. After you have the new and clean installation done on your new server, upload the database backup files to your data directory in ASCII mode. Set the permissions on the database backup files to 666.

  4. Now you can enter the administrative script on your new server, and use the database restore function. Type in the filenames of the backup files, and use the restore function. Most of your data will be recovered in this process.

  5. Once you have restored your data, you will want to rerank the list.

  6. That's all there is to it. You are now ready to continue normal operations.
Please note that this is the only method for switching servers that is supported by JMB Software. If you do it any other way we will not be able to provide technical assistance for errors you encounter.