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I was wondering if there is any working way to transfer an existing NodeBB site to a new host, without losing any data. I've seen some posts on here regarding the same thing but they are considerably dated so I didn't know if there if there is any good way to do it for a recent installation.
@Kolt-L I would do something along the following:
How fast the change propagates thru the net involve some DNS admin planning:
Presuming you have access to the DNS for the domain:
Edit: Oh yeah, in case not obvious, you're going to want to put the old site in "Maintenance Mode" while your transitioning, lest you risk loosing some posts.
@Kolt-L It depends on your set up details, of which I know not. But maybe resembles something like:
mongodump -u <your mongo user here> -p <your mongo user pass here> --out /where/you/want/the/backup/files/$(date +%F) --authenticationDatabase=admin
If, perchance ye' followed the nodebb docs for setting up mongodb here https://docs.nodebb.org/configuring/databases/mongo/ and here https://docs.nodebb.org/installing/os/ubuntu/ then you should have an admin user. Hopefully you still have that pass tucked away safe somewhere.
/where/you/want/the/backup/files/$(date +%F) should now be populated with sub directories for each of the admin and nodebb databases. Ensure you copy them both to the new server.
For future reference, I prefer not to have my privileged admin user running cron scripts so I created a "backup operator" user with limited privileges for such duties. YMMV.
Note: You may need to quote the pass phrase if it contains special characters.