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Transferring your website to Focus Network Company

Date Created: 12 Oct, 2008   (14 year(s) ago) Viewed: 1606 Rating: 


Transferring your website to Focus Network Company
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Transferring your website to Focus Network Company
Already hosted with another provider? Want to move your website to Focus Network Company?

This tutorial will outline the steps required to migrate your website and email accounts to your new account in Focus Network Company.

  • Step 1 - Backup your files
    First of all, you need to download the site from your old host. You can do this in one of two ways:
    • Backup your site through Plesk
      If your old host uses Plesk, and the Backup feature is enabled, you can download your entire site in a couple of clicks.
    • Backup your site via FTP
      If your host does not use Plesk or they do not have the backup function enabled, then you should backup your site using FTP. Typically you need to connect to your website via FTP, download your www or public_html folder (the names for this folder differ; it is the folder that contains your website).

      The tutorials below will show you how to connect and transfer files using the popular free FTP client software.
      1. Download and install FTP client software, such as Filezilla, CuteFTP, WS_FTP
      2. Connecting to your website with FTP client software
      3. Transferring files to/from your website with FTP client software

  • Step 2 - Backup and restore your MySQL databases
    If you do not have any MySQL databases, you can skip to Step 3.

    To transfer MySQL databases from your old host to Focus Network Company, there are two methods you can use:
    • Backup/Restore MySQL databases via Plesk
      This uses the same Plesk function as the file backup section does. you can backup your database in a couple of clicks.
    • Backup/Restore MySQL databases via phpMyAdmin
      If your host does not use Plesk/the backup function is disabled, you can backup and restore MySQL databases using phpMyAdmin. Follow the tutorials below for instructions on how to import and export MySQL databases in phpMyAdmin.
      How do I export or backup a MySQL Database
      How do I import a MySQL Database / Creating or Importing a Database

  • Step 3 - Upload your files to your account
    Now you need to upload your files to your Focus Network Company account. If you backed up your files using the Plesk backup feature, you can upload them easily through your Plesk by following the tutorial above ("Restoring Data From Backup Archives").

    If you backed up your files using FTP, simply connect to your account using FTP client software and upload your files into the httpdocs folder.

  • Step 4 - Create email address on your account
    Before you point your domain to your Focus Network Company account, its a good idea to create the email addresses through Plesk first. Simply create the email addresses you want on your account by following the tutorial below:
    How to setup Your Emails on PLESK Control Panel / Creating Mailboxes

  • Step 5 - Point your domain to your account
    By this point your account with Focus Network Company should mirror your account at your current host; you should have uploaded your site files and MySQL databases and created your email accounts. Once you are sure you have completed all the steps above, its time to change the nameservers of your domain.

    Login to your domain control panel at your registrar and modify the nameservers for your domain to the ones we sent you in the welcome email.

    • Below are our DNS information:

    How to point my existing domain name to "Focus Network Company" server?

    Once you have done this, wait for your domain to propagate. This can take between 6-72 hours, depending on your location. To see if your domain has resolved correctly to your Focus Network Company account, type your domain name into the tool below and hit Lookup. On the next page scroll down to the Whois Record section. If the Focus Network Company nameservers are listed here, then your domain name has resolved.


    Check your domain name is displaying correctly, and then proceed to the next step.

  • Step 6 - Cancel your account at your old host
    Once you have updated your nameservers and your domain name has resolved correctly, you can cancel your account at your old host.

    Make sure you backed up all your files; getting data back after you have cancelled your service with a provider can be quite difficult.

  • Congratulations, you have succesfully moved your website to Focus Network Company!
  • This tutorial covers the main aspects of transferring a website. Keep in mind that if you have other features such as subdomains, parked domains etc at your old host, you will also need to recreate those on your new account.
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*** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.
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