Skip to main content

HostMonster Web Hosting Help

Pushing Website from old host to HostMonster.com

If your old host has SSH access and you are able to make outbound shell connections from that server, you can do quite a large bit of the file transfer directly from your old server. Please note that this process will only transfer the files located in a specified folder. This will also require shell access to be enabled on your account with us.

Click Here for information on obtaining SSH/Shell Access.

First compress the folder on the old host's server with tar. We are creating a compressed copy of your site folder called archive.tar.gz.

               tar -czf archive.tar.gz /nameoffolder/
            
This will create a file called archive.tar.gz and should contain your site folder.

Second we push archive.tar.gz to your HostMonster account.

               scp archive.tar.gz user@domain.com:
            
Please note that this scp command is also run from your old host's server. Also, "domain.com" can be replaced with your domain name, or the IP address of our server your account is on, which ever one will work correctly.

Next log into our servers through shell, and run these commands. They will first move your archive into the directory you want to unpackage the files into (usually the public_html directory), then change directories to that same one, so you can then extract the archive.

   mv archive.tar.gz path/to/destination/folder/
            
               cd path/to/destination/folder/
            
               tar -xzf archive.tar.gz
            
This should have moved much, if not all, of your website's documents.
Knowledgebase Article 156,501 views bookmark tags: file host site transfer transferring


Was this resource helpful?

Did this resolve your issue?


Please add any other comments or suggestions about this content:





Recommended Help Content

I need to transfer my website from my old host to HostMonster, but I do not know how to do it without losing files or mail.
Knowledgebase Article 384,491 views tags: transfer upload website

There are many ways that you can transfer files and folder to and from your hosting account. We highly recommend using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program to quickly upload and download files. We
Getting Started Article 220,322 views tags: file files filezilla manager setup

Clients in China are unable to view my website. My website's content doesn't contain any objectionable material.

Related Help Content

This article explains how to transfer you drupal website from Drupal Gardens to HostMonster.
Knowledgebase Article 27,359 views tags: Drupal transfer

How to restore individual files or folders with the Site Backup & Restore tool
Knowledgebase Article 215,763 views tags: backup files folders restore site

Is SSH/Shell access enabled by default?
Knowledgebase Article 596,122 views tags: bash command line secure shell ssh

How do I upload my web site?
Knowledgebase Article 1,598,736 views tags: ftp site upload uploading web website

How to generate and use SSH Keys
Knowledgebase Article 124,388 views tags: dedicated ssh

The website is taking a long time to load. It just seems slower today than normal.
Knowledgebase Article 343,969 views tags: site slow web website

This article will explain how to login to a website created with WordPress.
Knowledgebase Article 266,052 views tags: access admin change dashboard edit login site wordpress

This article will instruct you on transferring files to your account through the FTP client, CuteFTP.
Knowledgebase Article 32,603 views tags: ftp sftp

This site utilizes JavaScript to function correctly. Looks like it's disabled on your browser. Please enable it for your best experience.

For instructions on enabling JavaScript, click here