Moving a Site


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Moving a Concrete CMS Site

1. Database Copy

How to Obtain a Copy: - Use phpMyAdmin "export" function. If you're unfamiliar, tutorials are available on YouTube. - For SSH or terminal access: bash mysqldump -u db_user -p db_database > database.sql

2. Fetch the Files

Key Directories

  • Crucial: Contains application/, concrete/, updates and more.
  • Ignored: application/files/cache/ and updates/.
  • To create a site archive, copy the public_html/ folder to copied_site/, remove unnecessary folders, and create an archive using tar czfv site_copy.tgz copied_site/.

3. Transfer the Files

Steps - Upload and extract the archive to the new host, ensuring a similar file structure. - Modify permissions for: - application/files/ - packages/ - updates/ - application/config/ - sitemap.xml - Ensure the correct version of Concrete CMS. Either download the appropriate version or use the version in the concrete/ folder.

4. Set Up the New Database

  • Create an empty database on the new host.
  • Import data using phpMyAdmin or the command: bash mysql -u db_user -p database_name < old_database.sql

5. Modify the Configuration

Update Database Credentials - Adjust the application/config/database.php for your new database setup. - Example configuration:

return array(
    'default-connection' => 'concrete',
    'connections' => array(
        'concrete' => array(
            'driver' => 'c5_pdo_mysql',
            'server' => 'localhost',
            'database' => 'mydatabase',
            'username' => 'myusername',
            'password' => 'mypassword',
            'charset' => 'utf8'

Testing the Migration

After the migration, ensure: 1. Cache clearing from the dashboard works. 2. File uploads in the file manager are successful. 3. Automated Jobs / Tasks run correctly. 4. Page edits function without issues.


  • Upload or Job Issues - Check file permissions.
  • Database Connection Issues - Verify settings in config/site.php.
  • Broken Links - Confirm the .htaccess file is correct for your hosting environment.