How long does it take to migrate a website using Hostmax Migration Tool?
The length of time it takes to move a
website and its associated mailboxes depends on the amount of data being
transferred and the complexity of the website. Some migrations can take
up to three hours, although the average time to migrate is 30 minutes.
While a migration is in progress, you’re
free to close the tab and carry on with whatever you need to do; the
migration will complete independently.
You’ll receive an email informing you when the migration is complete - but you can disable this if you like.
Yes, you can import a contact list from a previous mail client into Hostmax webmail. To do so: Log in to Webmail for the mailbox. Head to the Address Book. Select the Import icon from the top-left. You can then select either a .CSV file or a vCard file.
No, the migration won't remove any emails from the mail server where emails are being migrated from, or any emails on the Hostmax email server.
It's a 'non-destructive' form of migration, so emails won't be
duplicated or deleted. Changes will simply be added into the emails
already at Hostmax
Our Migration Centre
is designed to make migrations as simple as possible, automating the
process so that you can bring your sites to us efficiently and quickly.
However, sometimes these migrations can run into problems that result
in errors which disrupt and prevent sites being brought across. Below
are a few examples of common errors encountered during migrations, and
how to go about fixing them to minimise disruption to your move.
Our cPanel migration tool uses the default backup facility available
within cPanel to generate and move across a full account backup and
convert it to a package on our side.
A common error seen is a migration idling at the stage ‘Waiting for
cPanel Backup’. During this part of the migration, we've sent a request
to the cPanel server to generate a backup file that we can use for the
migration and upload it to Hostmax. Our system is waiting for confirmation
of that upload so it can then proceed.
Depending on the size of the website(s) being moved, the backup can
take some time to complete. However, it’s not expected that this should
take a long period of time, especially if the site or sites being moved
are small. In some cases, the cPanel backup process may be stalled on
the server you’re migrating from, and it would be best to check the
cPanel server and see why the backup has not been received by us.
The most common reasons this can occur are: The account was over quota or suspended and the backup process was aborted The firewall on the server blocks outbound connections and the FTP upload to 22.214.171.124/24 is blocked The cPanel server has a high load average and so cPanel is automatically throttling the backup, but it's still ongoing It's just a very large site and the backup process is still in progress. We'll start the import as soon as its received. Plesk migrations
Our Plesk Migration tool connects via Plesk API to request a backup.
This backup is then moved over via FTP, extracted and imported to bring
the site across. So Plesk API access needs to be enabled on the Plesk
setup you’re migrating from to allow the tool to work correctly. If
you’re having difficulty migrating your site due to the migration
failing right away, this is the likely cause. Check with your current
host to confirm that Plesk API access is available for your account.
Alongside this, much as with cPanel backups, when we request the
backup to be generated our system idles until confirmation the backup is
ready. As such, if something on the system prevents the backup
completing it can stall at this phase. Make sure your account has enough
space for a backup, and that our IPs - 126.96.36.199/24 - are whitelisted
so that this can complete.
WordPress FTP Migrations
The following conditions should be met for the WordPress FTP
migration tool to migrate a site. These conditions are usually met by
default, unless you've made changes to your WordPress installation.
If your migration fails, adjustments may need to be made to allow the migration tool to work correctly:
The migration tool looks for the directory with the wp-config.php
configuration file. If you’ve manually moved the wp-config.php file to
another directory (sometimes done for security) then you’d need to move
it to be with the rest of the core WordPress files. File and directory permissions should be consistent with WordPress
best practice: i.e. directories set to 755 and files set to 644 Our IPs used for the FTP migration tool should not be blocked:
188.8.131.52. If you use a web application firewall
(WAF) ensure these IPs are whitelisted. Ensure the website's domain name points to the correct web host. If
the nameservers for the domain name don’t point to the right host then
the migration will fail. If you’re having trouble diagnosing what’s wrong, please feel free to contact us.
Migration from Heart need Heart Internet Reseller API access. We use
the API to communicate with Heart’s side and generate the necessary
backups to bring your site across.
For full details on how to access this, see our guide on migrating from Heart.
If these details aren't available to you, or your migration fails
immediately after entering the details, it’s likely the case that your
account doesn’t have sufficient API access and you’ll need to contact
Heart support to confirm this.
No, the email migration won't cause any downtime to emails.
It doesn't affect DNS or the ability to send or receive emails: it
simply performs an IMAP sync to move emails from one server to another.
There will be no downtime caused by the use of the email migration tool.
Learn more about the Hostmax email hosting.
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