Moving website

Have website running on one of my servers. Want to move it to new server

  1. pointed new apache to existing website folder
  2. stopped existing website on old server
  3. Set up apache website on new server
  4. New server has Mysql, set it up just like on old server
  5. Reset removed all files in zp-data folder, copied fresh from zenphoto 1.6 zip file. Same with setup files.
    Note I am not running HTTPS

When I run setup, it prompts for database info. I give it the info. It then returns: This site can’t be reached refused to connect.

  • it looks like zenphoto is trying to connect to https:

if I type the http:/test/, it says the the gallery is being upgraded


  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    We have detailed infos about moving sites here:

    If you didn't move any content, you doing a fresh install.

    If the site is trying to connect via https and you didn't enable it that is probably your server/domain/subdomain being setup for https already. The usual behaviour is to force it so only https is accessbile. Good for security and avoiding duplicated content because the http variant is technically a separate addresss. That forcing is usually a server option so check you server setup, especially if you did all this yourself.

  • Understand on HTTPS vs HTTP security. I am only going to use local for testing.

    Is there some setting in Zenphoto that requires https? That I need to change? the conf file in apache is not set up for https, only http

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    Okay, the local testing you didn't mention previously. https is set in the ZP config file. There is also an option on the backend but that is also tied to the config file.

  • OK... I found the setting. it was already set to http

    I restored the database from the other server...

    if I run,

    I get back:

    and it says site cant be reached.

    Sorry, not an apache expert... what could be causing it to switch to https?

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer
    edited August 10

    There might be an option "server_protocol" in the options table but actually the config setting overrides that. It's basically only used on changing the options on the backend which then updates the config file in turn.

    The only other ideas are:

    • the server forces https. Cannot help with that as Ihave no actual knowledge about Apache setup. Never setup any server myself and let webhosts do that to use their interfaces for these settings. Zenphoto does not force that via htaccess but perhaps you have something custom here.
    • The browser setting forces https.
  • where is the options table?

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    In the database where all tables are? ;-)

  • Also,... when I look at the "Gallery is undergoing and Upgrade" the "Please Return later" link is

    Isn't Zenphoto creating that link?

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    Yes if you don't have a custom static siteupgrade page within /plugins/site_upgrade.

  • Ung... I will have to test recovery at some point.... this was messy, possiblly beacuse it is not an exact copy of original.

    It is working now, thanks for the help

    For recovery.... would this be as simple as duplicating all same directory structure, restore all zenphoto and album folders, use same apache config, and restore database?

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    "Recovery" or duplicating is basically the same as moving as described on the link above. The really import part is the order first to copy the albums folder then the database because the database mirrors the filesystem.

    It will work with db first too but then you loose all db entries for images and albums because no albums means empty albums/images table so they would be imported freshly.

  • OK...

    1. backup old zenphoto database
    2. create new empty zenphto database on new server
    3. Copy zenphto files to www folder (/var/www/, etc)
    4. restore Albums folder
    5. Restore Database to empty database
    6. Run setup


  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    Yes, as documented on the link above. You can also copy the cache folder so sized images do not need to be recreated.

  • jwaltrip4 Member
    edited August 11

    OK.... Here is what I did:

    1. stopped web on source
    2. stopped web on target
    3. backed up Zenphoto db on source
    4. restored zenphoto db to target
    5. copied all files from (srouce) web to (target)
    6. reset security on target
    7. enable we on target
    8. re-rean setup
    9. refreshed database
    10. refreshed metadata
    11. all looks good, so I connect to web (
    12. looks good, except page I have defined (Welcome) on is not on

    13. Galleries look like they are there.... but when I select one I get:

    Not Found
    The requested URL was not found on this server.

    Apache/2.4.41 (Ubuntu) Server at Port 80


    Note that this is 1.5.9

    {18003:Fri, 11 Aug 2023 10:24:52 GMT}
    NOTICE: A non well formed numeric value encountered in /mnt/Disk1/www/ on line 307
    setup::versionCheck called from index.php [636]

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer

    So what url does such an album have? Modewrite or not? If modrewrite and it does not work, the htacccess is wrong or you have not setup your server correctly.

  • modrewrite is checked.

    and thanks... that got it, copied .htaccess from root of source and all is well.
    will make sure to add to instructions.

    Next step is to upgrade :)

  • Ok... Moved Website as previously stated.

    Just tested upgrade and went perfect. thanks for the help!

  • acrylian Administrator, Developer


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