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Boss wants to Move Hosting, CMS Question

7:00 pm on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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So my boss wants two websites moved to other hosting, my question is about CMS.

I know wordpress but these sites are already built in PHP, the current hosting has it's own CMS right now. So I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I move to new hosting. Do most hosting companies have a CMS that I can use with websites that are already built? I guess I'm confused on how I will be making changes if I don't really know PHP.

7:15 pm on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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What CMS is the hosting company using?

If it's a common open source CMS like Joomla, Drupal or a zillion others, than you can just install it.

If you're at some sort of sitebuilder site with their custom CMS it will be a lot more effort.

In general, though
- log into the shell (command line for your site)
- take a tar archive of all the files
- take a database dump
- move the files to a new host
- upload the new database
- update any database settings (DB name, username, etc will probably change)
- test
7:30 pm on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It's called wspider/sleepless cms I think it's a custom CMS. I don't think it's a common one.

I don't need to still use that one, so without affecting the current website is there a way to use a new CMS with the existing sites? I know wordpress well but I don't think I can convert the old website into wordpress without it distorting it and not looking like the original right?

So pretty much I don't care what CMS to use as long as it's user friendly and I can figure it out, I'm just not sure how to go about using a pre-existing website with a new CMS.
7:34 pm on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Nevermind the CMS is called [cksource.com...]