We were talking about transferring a website to another host and I promised I will explain every step outlined in that article in detail. Now if you are not transferring from SBI! you probably won’t have to do this yourself. Most hosts will help you out and transfer your files for you for free. However, you might want to copy your website for some other reason, such as to view it offline or just save a copy for a backup.
We will be using HTtrack Website Copier which is a free tool. You can download it here. I made a video tutorial and written tutorial. Some people find HTTrack settings a little confusing. If you are one of them you can use both. In addition some of HTTrack questions, such as errors, were covered in my forum. If you have any difficulties feel free to post your question there.
NOTE: If you blocking access to some parts of your site (like .pdf files for ebooks or reports for example) via robots.txt Httrack will not copy it. You will need to get them manually.
Here is the video:
Here is what you’ll have to do:
– Decide where you want to save your website. I suggest that you create a special folder for this. I created a folder called “MyWebsite” for this purpose.
– Open HTtrack and set the following settings:
Project name and category can be anything you want. Base Path should be the folder where you want to save your website’s copy.
– Click “Next”.
– Action should be set to “Download Website”.
– Enter your website’s URL in the URL box.
– If your goal is only to view your website offline you can go ahead and click “NEXT” without modifying preferences.
However if your goal is to upload this website to server AND your website has outgoing links, such as affiliate links and links to other websites it is better to do some modifications. Here is how:
– Click on “Set Options”, then click on “Experts Only”
– Choose “Absolute URL” from dropdown menu, like this:
Now Click “OK” and “Next” then “Finish”. (If you don’t do this all your outgoing links will be broken.)
Your HTtrack will take care of itself now and you will see something like this:
Wait until it finishes. HTtrack is pretty fast. At the end you will see this on your screen:
Click on “View log file” to check errors. If you you find any errors here take a note and find the page which shows error and fix it manually. You never really get more than a few errors. If they are too many it could be due to some hiccup in connection. In this case it is easier to run HTTrack another time and get another copy which should be better.
You can browse your mirrored website right from here or from the folder on your computer where you saved it. Best of all HTtrack preserves the file structure of your website.
If you are transferring your files to another host double check all files and images. Something might be duplicated and a file or two might be missing. Fix anything that has to be fixed manually. You are now ready to upload this website to your new host. I wrote instructions on how to use Filezilla for uploading your website here. If you have any questions you are welcome to open a thread in my forum here and we will try our best to help you out.
Good luck with HTtrack!