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How to Copy or Rename a Database

How to Copy a Database

To copy a database you will need to export the original database, and then import it into a new database.

How to Export the Original Database

  1. Log in to your Bluehost control panel.
  2. Under the Database section, select phpMyAdmin.
  3. Click on the existing database on the left sidebar.
  4. Click Export at the top.
  5. Select the export method, and click Go.
  6. This will download a .sql file to your computer.

How to Import onto a New Database

  1. Create a new database in cPanel.
  2. Go to phpMyAdmin.
  3. Click the new database name.
  4. Click Import in the main area of phpMyAdmin.
  5. Select Choose File.
  6. Select the database you imported earlier from the drop-down box and click Go.
Note: phpMyAdmin will timeout after 30 seconds of attempting to import.
If you experience this timeout you will need to import your database using SSH. For assistance, please review Importing Databases via Command Line (SSH).

For security reasons, it's best to upload your database to the /home/USERNAME section of your account. (Replace USERNAME with your account username.)


Renaming a Database

Unfortunately, the only way to rename a database is to follow the above direction and import the database to a new, empty database with the desired name.