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    Best way to offer host migration service for clients

    Hey guys, I'm looking to hear how the migration is done when using one of the "We'll move your website for you!!" services when people sign up with a hosting company.

    What is the step procedure like?

    1. Create account on new host
    2. Go on client's cpanel and backup his site
    3. Go on new host's cpanel and restore backup?

    ... am I on the right track here? What about folder structure within the backup file, is that irrelevant?

    Also, what are some of the possible problem I should look out for while doing this?

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys.
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    You'd manage a backup from the current host and then moved it across to your network under "/home" and then restore the package, there are multiple ways of doing it in reality, you can force it to overwrite an existing one or just terminate the account that is active with the same user and then re-create from the backup.

    The structures should stay the same as long as it is cPanel to cPanel of course, though some things you might find *might* are permission based problems but other than that everything should sit in perfectly.

    But there are a few ways to manage this and most lead back into the same form of procedure
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    Thanks, sounds pretty straight forward.
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    Actually one more question. What happens to his MySQL Databases? Are they included in the backup?

    Also, what happens to the naming convention on the databases since most are domainnam_dbname - how will that be handled by the new host's MySQL server?

    What if the user registers a new domain name (and hence, new database naming prefix) but still wants to use his old DB backup? Sounds like a conflict would arise in the naming.
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    Actually one more question. What happens to his MySQL Databases? Are they included in the backup?
    ^ If you do a "Full Home Backup" then they will be yes, if you are doing them separately then no.

    Also, what happens to the naming convention on the databases since most are domainnam_dbname - how will that be handled by the new host's MySQL server?
    The domain-user will not have any real issues as this will remain intact, nothing really needs to be changed unless it needs to be, if the username is different then it might need to be addressed.

    What if the user registers a new domain name (and hence, new database naming prefix) but still wants to use his old DB backup? Sounds like a conflict would arise in the naming.
    Well it will still work the same way, (domain-user / username of DB) - Generally it's just a database and it can be configured to work along side the new domain as needed.

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    your instructions is right, they will just follow the regular website migration steps.

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    When database backup is being made you need to make sure you know the way it has been made and which codding is being used. The same DB version and codding should be on your hosting to avoid troubles.
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