Moving a Site to Another Server


There are several reasons for moving or migrating a site to another server, such as performing a system upgrade or setting up a secondary environment. 

This article will walk you through the steps of doing a site migration from one server to another.




  • DNN Platform
  • Evoq Content
  • Evoq Engage




  1. Compress (using Winzip, for example) the root DNN folder on the source server. 

  2. Move the .zip file to a newly created folder. 

  3. Extract the .zip file to the website folder location on the new server.

  4. In the new server, create a new IIS site.

  5. Add necessary permissions for your website folder.

  6. Copy the database and set up a database user.

    1. In the old server, take a full backup of the database (the usual practice is to name it with a .bak file extension), then copy the .bak file to the new server.
    2. In the new server, restore the SQL database.
    3. In the new server, use SSMS to set up a database user with the appropriate permissions.
  7. Configure the web.config and the Crawl List.

    1. In the new server, access the web.config file, and verify that the connectionStrings section is correctly configured.
      • Data Source must be set to the path of your database server.
      • Catalog must be the name of the database you restored.
      • User ID and Password must be the credentials of the authorized user that you created for your database.
      • Data Source must be set to the path of your database server.
    2. If the web address for the new site is different from the old site, update the starting URL for crawling.

  8. Set up IIS bindings for the new URL.
  9. Clear cache and restart.
    1. In IIS Manager, restart your website.
      1. Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
      2. In the Actions pane on the right, go to Manage Server > Restart.


        TIP: Remember to update your DNS with your new server’s IP address.

    2. Clear the DNN cache.
    3. Restart the DNN application.


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