Migrating Websites from Shared Hosting Accounts

Some of the information in this article is advanced material we make available as a courtesy. Please be advised that you are responsible for properly following the procedures below. Customer Support cannot assist with these topics.

Before you attempt to migrate your hosting content, make sure you have created a backup of your information for restoration purposes.

Migrating your website to your new server is not something that GoDaddy directly supports unless you purchase our Migration Expert Service (more info). It is up to you to ensure that your website and corresponding applications work correctly in your new environment. This is a brief explanation of the migration process to help assist you.

Setting up Your Domain

Set up instructions depend on the control panel you have selected. If you have opted to setup your server without a control panel, then you will be responsible for the setup your domain manually.

Reference the corresponding control panel below for reference regarding setting up a domain on your server:

cPanel

Parallels Plesk Panel

Simple Control Panel

Upload Your Files

Once you have setup your domain, you may upload your files to your server. Each control panel contains a file manager option to assist you, or you may choose to use any File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client for uploading your files. Please note, when using a 3rd party FTP client, you will need to use port 21. For more information, see How To FTP Your Server.

Remember, when uploading your files and accessing your site for preview, use your server IP address as the nameservers have not been updated to reflect the change. Once you have tested your site, you may set up your DNS.

Setting up Your DNS

Once you set up a domain and created a zone file in your control panel, you will need to create and register two domain hosts for your domain. You will use these domain hosts when reassigning your name servers.

Registering Your Own Nameservers

After you have registered your domain hosts, you will need to modify the nameservers on your domain to reflect your new domain hosts.

Unparking (Activating) Your Domain Name

It may take 24 to 48 hours to register hosts.

**For all mailboxes and databases currently on your shared accounts, create appropriate mailboxes and databases in your control panel on your server. Also, recreate custom DNS configurations associated with your shared hosting account with in your control panel.


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