In Part 2, we prepared for a Drupal website move by copying all the files and folders that power your website to your local hard drive. We then made a back up copy of these files and folders, as well as a back up copy of your database file. In Part 3 we will move these files to a new web host and test them without affecting your live site.
In Part 1, we prepared for a Drupal website move by confirming access to registrar and DNS accounts, installing the Backup and Migrate module and creating a backup of the site database. In Part 2 we'll work with FTP to create a local copy of your website files, and back those files up.
Have you ever moved a Drupal-powered website? Say you have upgraded to better Drupal web hosting. Compared to a static website, the addition of a database, webserver configuration issues, and permissions issues can make the moving process difficult. If you've ever started the process of moving a Drupal site, only to be met with a blank page - a.k.a the white screen of death (WSOD) on the new server, you know how frustrating things can get.
Who is responsible for your company's Drupal website? In larger companies, it's often the marketing department that is responsible for website content. In smaller companies, it's likely the business owner. But for the purposes of this article, "responsibility for the website" refers to maintaining the integrity of your Drupal Content Management System (CMS) software.
If your company is like many of the boutique marketing and design agencies we've worked with, your strengths might include brand identity, logo design, marketing planning, ad copy, print, and project management, to name a few. You're likely a passionate expert in your field, with industry experience in a particular niche or vertical market. When it comes time to build your designs, we urge you hold the execution of your projects to the same high standard you have for your creative work.
Given the number of great open source choices, it's a good idea to use a content management system for your Intuit ProAdvisor website. But which content management system? And why?