How do I switch hosting providers for a site that's already backed up on CodeGuard?

February 10, 2021 in Website Backup

At this time, CodeGuard does not support migrating your website to a new host using our automated restore process. However, you can download a version of your backup as a zip file and use that to transfer your content to your new host using an FTP or SFTP client. After moving to a new host, you can follow the steps below to restart your CodeGuard backups.

Switching hosts has a number of implications for your backup. A new host will often mean that all of the paths to your files will change, the user and group associated with your content will change and the permissions for the files will change. In order to ensure consistency in the event that you need to restore your website content, we strongly recommend that you remove the backup that was created from your old website and create a new backup from your new hosting provider.

If you would like to switch hosting providers for a website that is already backed up on CodeGuard, follow these steps:

  1. Download a zip file backup of the site you would like to switch. To do this, click on the “Restore” tab in your CodeGuard dashboard. Next, click “Restore Options” and then “Request Zip” (see this video tutorial for a walkthrough).
  2. Add your site to the new hosting location via FTP/SFTP. This step will vary depending on your hosting provider.
  3. Delete the site hosted by your old hosting provider. To delete a website, click on the “Settings” tab in your CodeGuard dashboard, scroll down to “Delete Website” and click the link below.
  4. Re-add your site to CodeGuard under your new hosting provider. Adding a website will vary depending on your type of plan. See this article for more help on adding a website.

If you are signed up for our Professional Plan, you will need to delete the old website before you're able to add your site to your account again.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact CodeGuard Support.