mojoPortal Tips: Migrating a Site to Arvixe VPS, Part 4

In Part 3, we covered how to transfer your MSSQL database for mojoPortal, as well as your mojoPortal web files. We’re in the home stretch now, so we’ll go find that “instant alias”, and make sure we’re ready to “flip the switch” over to the new server.

  1. Log back into your admin panel, and navigate back to the client site we’ve been working on.
  2. Click on the “Domains” icon, and then the link for the site we’ve set up. This is the screen you’ll find your “Instant Alias” on for the website.
  3. If you don’t see an “Instant Alias” already created, just click the “Create Instant Alias” link, and voila~!
  4. This is the temporary navigation link for the website we just transferred over. You’ll want to use it to navigate through the site, make sure nothing’s missing, and that the logins are working as expected, etc.

Once you’ve confirmed everything’s working as anticipated, you may just stop here and let your client review the site, and get ready to change your domain pointers. However, keep in mind that this is an excellent opportunity to apply any upgrades, updates, or changes you’ve been planning on. I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to upgrade my clients to the latest version of mojoPortal and any add-ons that have been updated since their last upgrade. It might take a little bit longer, but it’s great to make sure they have all the newest features and benefits of using mojoPortal.

Once you’re absolutely comfortable with how mojoPortal is working on the new server, and you’ve done the other maintenance like transferring e-mail addresses and such, it’s time to change the DNS pointers with your domain registration provider. If you upgraded to custom DNS servers, that’s what you’ll enter – otherwise, just use the DNS server names you were issued with your Arvixe VPS account.

After 24-48 hours, your transfer to the new server should be complete; now, to transfer everyone else over – have fun!


I found these resources to be very helpful during this process:

How to Backup and Restore a Database in WebsitePanel

How to Get More Detailed Errors in IIS

How to Use Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to Connect to your Database

Thanks very much to Usman H. for a great support experience during this learning experience!


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