WebDrive to Openhost Migration Information
Posted by Joshua Armstrong on 03 September 2019 10:45 PM

WebDrive hosting services are undergoing a platform migration to Openhost.


Customers will be receiving email notifications a week in advance of the service changes.

A link to this email notification can be found at this link.

While we anticipate little impact, it is strongly recommended customers read the below instructions to mitigate any unexpected consequences for mission critical services.

If you are looking for information regarding the changes to service billing please see here:


Post Migration Checklist


1. Login to the new Openhost customer dashboard

  • An email will have been sent to the registered account contact on record for your existing WebDrive account with your account details. 
  • The same login username and password combination from your WebDrive control panel, will be carried over the the Openhost customer login.
  • The Openhost control panel login page can be found on our website, or at the following link:
  • If you are not able to login to your Openhost customer dashboard, please perform a password reset from the Openhost login page and an email with instructions will be sent to you.


2. Visiting and checking the website

  • Following the migration event - please see your migration email notification for the exact scheduled date - Its important you check your website functionality and confirm this is working as expected.
  • We recommend browsing the site in an 'incognito' or 'private browsing' window or even clearing your cache to ensure you are loading the website from the new host server after the DNS change. See our cache clearing guide here.


3. Check site functionality

The migration process requires some connection information and special access permissions to be reset. As a consequence, some third party tools or services that access the website files via FTP or database remotely may require minor adjustment.

Our support team will be doing checks on each individual website post migration, but more advanced website functions will be difficult to confirm working on our own.

As a result, we ask that you test and confirm any of the following functions or features you might be using on your website:

  • E-commerce systems
  • Sites that have a customer login portal and user profiles 
  • HTTPS secure for sites using an SSL certificate
  • Website contact forms
  • Connections being made to your website from third party tools, servers or devices.
  • Cron jobs or scheduled backup tasks


How Can I Contact Support? 

For migration dedicated service inquiries, please contact us on


More Technical Information...

FTP users

  • FTP usernames in WebDrive can be a maximum of 30 characters in length. This will be reduced to a maximum character length of 16 on Openhost. Any FTP usernames which exceed the 16 character limit will be truncated and may require some reconfiguration.

  • FTP users will be migrated on a best effort basis, but WebDrive accounts with multiple FTP users cannot be mapped to individual websites. Therefore, it is likely that your FTP users will need to be reset or reconfigured if you host multiple websites with WebDrive. See our FTP connection guide here.

PHP versions

  • Supported versions are 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 - Although we recommend 7+

  • PHP4 websites will be updated to PHP5.2. Should your website not support a higher version, you may require a bespoke VPS service in order to support EOL PHP versions without updating your code.


  • The PHP version can now be set dynamically in your new control panel. See out PHP version change guide here.

MYSQL databases

  • Only active and in-use databases will be migrated. A used database is determined by our scripts searching for database credentials in the website files. If a database is missing on the new platform we can re-run the migration script specifically for that database and point the DNS back to the original host server in the meantime.

MYSQL database users

  • Database user access will be restricted to each web space. This means, that if one or more websites share a single database user, some database user reconfiguration and database connection strings will require updating. 
  • In preparation for the migration, we will attempt to identify and resolve any database access complications prior to the move. New individual database users will be required and some connection strings will need to be updated. 

Remote database connections

  • If you connect to one of our database servers from a remotely from another server or tool, you will need to have your connecting host IP address white-listed for remote access. 

Cron jobs

  • Cron jobs will be migrated into the Plesk control panel. 

  • Cron jobs running on PHP 4 will be upgraded to PHP 5.2 and may require some reconfiguration.

Bash scripts

  • Bash (.sh) scripts will no-longer be supported on the new web server for security reasons.

Domain contacts

  • All contacts that are assigned to a domain as the registrant will be imported into the 'Users' menu of the Openhost customer dashboard.

  • We are working with our developers to improve the filter and display options in this menu. Currently, domain contact only users will have no access permissions to login to the Openhost customer dashboard.

Domain “Glue records”

  • Glue records are not currently supported in the Openhost domain management menus, but is currently in development.

Email addresses

  • All email addresses are migrated into the Openhost customer dashboard under the 'Email Manager Pro' menu. Once a mail service has been migrated, all future management and control actions should be performed via the Openhost dashboard. A notification will be shown in your old control panel showing that your account is migrated. 

DNS zones

  • While all other resources (websites, web-redirects, email, domain registrations) are being migrated, we will schedule a final DNS migration with all zones at a later stage. DNS zone changes will as a result still be controlled from the WebDrive Control Panel:

    If you're having trouble logging into the old WebDrive control panel, please perform a password reset from the WebDrive login page.

  • Overnight on Tuesday when the migration occurs, we will be updating the web traffic DNS records to point to the new host.

Websites using DNS hosted with a third party

  • For customers using a third party DNS service (eg. nameservers pointed to CloudFlare) we are unable to update your DNS records on your behalf.

    This means, we will rely on these domain owners to update their own DNS settings in order to connect to the new web hosting server on

  • When we complete the DNS changes over night, we will reverse proxy all incoming requests for your site to our new server. This is not ideal but the only option in this case. Your website might be slower than normal but once you’ve updated the DNS to point to the new server, service speeds will improve.

URL redirection

  • Domains with URL redirection configured will be moved into the Openhost dashboard. See our URL redirection guide here. 

SSL Certificates

  • For websites with an existing SSL certificate purchase, this will be carried over to the new web server

  • For websites connected to the PHP7 server IP. Your LetsEncrypt SSL certificate will be re-created on the new web server. 


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