Importing a website into Installatron

Installatron is able to import local (same server and hosting package) or remote (different server or hosting package) application installations.

Installatron is also able to Clone sites.

We also have guides for Importing a website in to Softaculous, Cloning a website with Softaculous and Staging a website with Softaculous.

For the purposes of this article we will walk through importing both a local and remote WordPress site into Installatron - the process is similar for all other applications supported by Installatron.
  1. Open the Installatron Applications Installer from the Software section of cPanel.
  2. Type the name of the application you'd like to install in the search box - in this case WordPress and click return to search.
    With WordPress selected, click the three line menu drop-down button and then click import existing install.
    The steps so far are the same whether you're doing a local or remote import.
  3. Now follow either the Local Import or Remote Import instructions below as appropriate.

Local Import

  1. From the Import screen click Continue underneath the From this account column.
  2. Select the Domain that houses your current installation using the domain drop-down.
    If your site is installed in a folder/sub-directory enter the details in the Directory field.
    Click + Import to continue.
  3. Once the import has been successfully completed you'll see dashboard for the site with three links
    - the first takes you to the site homepage (if you've updated your DNS). See our article on viewing your website before updating DNS to test the new site.
    - the second takes you to the WordPress admin dashboard login screen (again, same proviso regarding DNS as point one)
    - the third link takes you to the wordpress.org support site.

Remote Import

  1. From the Import screen click Continue underneath the From different account column.
  2. The Remote import screen is in two section - Source followed by destination.
    Enter the required Source details:
    URL - the location of the installed application to be migrated
    URL IP Address (Optional) - the IP address that the source URL should resolve to. Leave this blank if the source correctly resolves via DNS.
    FTP Information - It's important you know, and enter the correct FTP connection information here. Using incorrect details will result in an error and your import will not complete.
    1. Protocol - select the protocol specified by the remote server
    2. Server (IP Address or Hostname) - the IP address or hostname of the remote server
    3. Port - the FTP port - usually set when selecting the Protocol - but can be changed here if you're using a non-standard port
    4. Username - the full FTP username
    5. Password - the FTP password
    6. Path - enter the path from the accounts root directory (or where you get dropped after FTP login) to the install location
  3. Then enter the required Destination details.
    1. Domain - select the domain you'd like the application to be served from once imported.
    2. Directory (optional) - usually left blank to serve the imported site directly from the domain - but can be entered to serve the site from a directory
    3. Database Management - choose whether to let Installatron create a new database for the imported application, or choose an existing database
  4. Click Import to complete the process.
  5. Once the import has been successfully completed you'll see the site listed with your My Applications dashboard with three links
    - the first takes you to the site homepage (if you've updated your DNS). See our article on viewing your website before updating DNS to test the new site.
    - the second takes you to the WordPress admin dashboard login screen (again, same proviso regarding DNS as point one)
    - the third link takes you to the wordpress.org support site.


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