What is the best way to upload a newly designed website over an old website?

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Ronnie H.
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Arnel,

Thanks for the reply.  Sorry for the generality of my question.  I always use FTP to transfer my files.  When uploading the newly designed website in Dreamweaver, using FTP, there was a mismatch of new and old on the site.  I was wondering if I deleted all the files in the public_html folde, using C panel, then uploaded if that would solve the problem.  Thanks again for the help.

Cheryl

Hi Cheryl!

I'm always reluctant to delete site folders while you are still troubleshooting-- even the 'broken' copy of things can prove useful if you run into certain problems. 

Here is what I would suggest: use cPanel's File Manager to rename your public_html folder to something like public_html_old or public_html_07102020 and then create a new public_html folder. You'll still have an empty public_html folder to work with, but if you end up needing to manually copy something over (like the .htaccess), you'll still have it available!

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Hello Cheryl,

Thanks for the question about the best way to upload a newly designed website over an older one.  The answer depends on how you interpret your question.  If you're talking about the actual "upload" process, then using an FTP client is typically the best way to move multiple files and folders from one location to another.  There are also multiple tools in cPanel and third party applications that can handle file management securely. 


If you're talking about the overall process of replacing an old existing website with a new one, then it can be a matter of opinion. Personally, I believe one of the easiest ways is to use a tool like a backup tool that can first be used to archive the existing website and then restore a newly designed site over the old one.  There are multiple tools that can do this if you are using WordPress as your CMS.  Total Upkeep is one such tool The plugin is free, and it allows you take a WordPress site developed in one location and then changed to another.  If you're using a different application to build your website, then you may need to check to see if there is a tool that can used through that software for this purpose. 


Overall, though, if you want to use something that is application-agnostic when working with website files, then a good FTP client is one of the best ways to go.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know!

Kindest Regards,
Arnel C.



Arnel,

Thanks for the reply.  Sorry for the generality of my question.  I always use FTP to transfer my files.  When uploading the newly designed website in Dreamweaver, using FTP, there was a mismatch of new and old on the site.  I was wondering if I deleted all the files in the public_html folde, using C panel, then uploaded if that would solve the problem.  Thanks again for the help.

Cheryl

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Arnel C
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Hello Cheryl,

Thanks for the question about the best way to upload a newly designed website over an older one.  The answer depends on how you interpret your question.  If you're talking about the actual "upload" process, then using an FTP client is typically the best way to move multiple files and folders from one location to another.  There are also multiple tools in cPanel and third party applications that can handle file management securely. 


If you're talking about the overall process of replacing an old existing website with a new one, then it can be a matter of opinion. Personally, I believe one of the easiest ways is to use a tool like a backup tool that can first be used to archive the existing website and then restore a newly designed site over the old one.  There are multiple tools that can do this if you are using WordPress as your CMS.  Total Upkeep is one such tool The plugin is free, and it allows you take a WordPress site developed in one location and then changed to another.  If you're using a different application to build your website, then you may need to check to see if there is a tool that can used through that software for this purpose. 


Overall, though, if you want to use something that is application-agnostic when working with website files, then a good FTP client is one of the best ways to go.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know!

Kindest Regards,
Arnel C.