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How to move your CMS installation to a new server

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How to move your CMSms installation to a new server (1)

It is a simple, four step process to move your installation from one server to another.


Step 1
Clear the Cache:
Login to admin, go to Site Admin/Global Settings and clear the cache. This reduces the number of files you need to copy.


Step 2
Move the Database:
Using PhpMyAdmin, or any other database management software, create a backup/export of your CMSms database. Use this backup/export to create/import a new database on the new server.


Step 3
Copy the Files:
Using your FTP software, copy all of the files from your old site to your new site. Remember to check the permissions for the folders on the new site to ensure they are set correctly, i.e. all cache, uploads and any other folders or sub-folders that need to be writeable, are writeable.
chmod 775 tmp; \
chmod 775 tmp/templates_c; \
chmod 775 tmp/cache; \
chmod 775 uploads; \
chmod 775 uploads/images; \
chmod 775 modules


Step 4
Modify config.php:
In the config.php file, find the Database Settings, Path Settings and Image Settings sections and update them with the paths and settings applicabe to the new server.


Note: (update neeltje57) The path settings are not always that obvious. In your FTP-client it might show something like '/cmsmadesimple' but the real path on the server might be something like e.g.: '/home/content/n/e/e/username/html/cmsmadesimple'. If you have the wrong path, look at the error-message when you try to access your site, that will hint you to the real path settings.


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