While it’s not possible to simply move an individual Flywheel site from one data center to another, there is a fairly simple workaround to accomplish the same thing: you can instead clone the site to a new data center! Here’s how:
The original site won’t be affected by the cloning process, but since the clone will be created from the newest backup, this will ensure that any recent changes to the site are included in the clone. (Obviously, you’ll want to make sure that users are not able to modify the site during this process.)
Once you’ve completed creating a backup, you’ll be ready to clone the site. You’ll find the ‘Clone site’ option under the gear dropdown in the site’s Flywheel dashboard.
Go with the option that applies to you:
|I’ll pay for my new site now||Choose the first payment option. Click the flag icon to choose your new site’s data center. You can cancel or delete the original site later.|
|I’d like to create the new site as a demo and/or transfer it to a client later||Choose “My client will pay later” as the payment option. Click the flag icon to choose your new site’s data center.|
|I’d like to have an existing subscription applied to the new site||Choose “My client will pay later” as your payment option to avoid paying for now, and click the flag icon to choose your new site’s data center.
When you’re finished, contact [email protected] to swap your subscription to the new site.
|I already have a bulk plan at the new location||Choose the “Add it to a bulk plan” option. You’ll see the name of your existing bulk plan(s) to choose from.|
This step only applies if the original site was live, but if so, you’ll need to point DNS for that site’s domain to the new clone’s IP address. Bear in mind that DNS propagation usually goes very quickly, particularly when simply changing the IP address, but it can potentially take up to 48 hours for full DNS propagation. More on DNS setup here.
If the original site was just a demo site or was not yet live, you can ignore this step.
Once the DNS is pointed (if necessary), your new cloned site will be the “real” live site! All web traffic will now be routing to that new site, so the old one can simply be cancelled (if it was paid) or deleted (if it was a demo site).
We understand that this can be a fairly involved process, so if you run into trouble along the way or would like some help handling the move, just contact [email protected] and we’ll get everything sorted out!
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