How to move magento shop to another server

The following procedure describes the basic needs for moving your magento-shop to another server. There might be additional things to consider (changing domains, DNS, PHP-Configuration, tools & programms on your server) which need to take care of on your own.

1. Backup files in your Magento directory on your old server:

You might empty your var/cache, var/session, var/report and var/log directory first to save space and speed up the backup

2. Create a database dump on your old server:

Use phpMyAdmin, Chive or via console with mysqldump, n98-magerun

3. Set up directory structure for files and create database + user on your new server

4. Move files and database dump to your new server: via FTP, SSH,…

5. Extract file-backup to your new magento directory

6. Check and set file-permissions

Usually 644 for files and 755 for folders.

See also this question for more information: What permissions should I give /var and /media?

7. Import database-dump on your new server:

Use phpMyAdmin, Chive or via console with mysql, n98-magerun

8. Update new database-settings in app/etc/local.xml

9. Update URLs in core_config_data:

You can edit the base_url via Web-Frontend (phpMyAdmin, Chive,…) or use these SQL-statements. You might need to edit the urls for your stores also.

Look for path ="web/unsecure/base_url" and path="web/secure/base_url" in the core_config_data table.

10. Empty var/cache, var/session, var/report, var/log (if you did not do that before you created the backup on the old server)

11. Reindex your data: catalog url rewrites

12. Enjoy your beer!




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