Updated on Aug 14, 2020
When switching to a different hosting provider, it’s most likely that you would need to transfer your emails as well. If you are moving between cPanel-based hosting providers, such as FastComet, you should be able to take advantage of the full cPanel backup and migrate all of your settings.
This article presents an easy method of transferring email from one server to another, using matching IMAP email accounts in your favorite local email software. This transfer method takes an email from one IMAP account and then copies it to another IMAP account within the same email client. Using IMAP avoids formatting and permissions problems that may result from moving the raw mail files.
There can be several reasons why you may want to switch email service providers:
Usually, email clients don't support similar file formats for saving mailbox data, so you will need to use IMAP to migrate mail from server to server. FastComet servers support IMAP. The other server/host you are pulling emails from, or taking emails to, also needs to support it.
If your previous host is not cPanel based, or in case the backup feature is not available, you will not be able to transfer your emails automatically. You will have to follow some steps in order to successfully transfer your email account(s) from a non-cPanel web host to FastComet.
The email accounts can be on the same server or on two different servers, and it makes no difference whether either or both of the accounts are hosted on your own server or through a web service such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
You may want to keep the content of your email accounts hosted with your previous hosting provider and to transfer your messages.
Follow the steps below, and the process of manually transferring email accounts should be a success:
When configuring your cPanel email account(s), use the following details:
Now you should have both your real email account and the new one configured on your email client. The easiest way to proceed with the migration is to select all of your messages from your current email account(s) and simply drag and drop them under your newly created email account(s).
Thanks to the IMAP protocol, this method will serve in copying all messages. Repeat the same steps for each folder you wish to copy over (Sent, Drafts, or any custom folders that exist on the source account.) Using this method your email client will actually copy all messages from your current host to your FastComet cPanel email account.
That's it, the transfer is successful! Please note, that if you have a lot of emails, it could take some time to finish syncing up all the account’s emails from the server. Note that emails with large attachments may also require more time to complete the transfer.
Once they're done, your old emails will be in your mailbox on the new server/hosting account.
When you successfully complete the email transfer, allow some time to ensure the process has worked smoothly, and then you can safely remove the first email@example.com and continue using your mail accounts with FastComet.
To host your domain's email with FastComet, you will also have to update the domain's MX records. More information on the MX setup can be found here.
If you want to prevent the loss of emails when moving your email account from an old hosting server (or another server) to another, it is a good idea to create a forwarder on the old hosting server so that emails are sent to a third-party email account. This lets you keep a copy of emails going to your old email account during the transfer period. The forwarder should send the email to a service that is active and able to take your email content and attachment sizes.
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