Deleting a Dedicated server



The following describes how to delete a Dedicated Server.

Make sure to have another hosting plan active if you wish to keep your site up and running.

If you wish to keep your website active and move it to a different hosting plan, you must already have added a Shared or VPS hosting plan. Only then will you have the opportunity to move the data to this new server when you are canceling.

  • If another hosting plan is not added first, the website will go down, and your account will only be available for domain registrations.

How to delete a Dedicated Server

When deleting your Dedicated Server, there are two options to consider:

  • Migrate your data to a different server
  • Permanently delete all users and data

Each option is described below. Make sure to follow these steps below carefully, otherwise you could potentially lose data on your server.

Option 1 Migrating your data to a different server

This is most often the case when deleting a Dedicated Server. This can also be thought of as downgrading your Dedicated Server to a different hosting plan.

  1. Make sure you've already purchased a second Shared or VPS hosting plan.
  2. Navigate to the Dashboard page.
  3. To the right of your server, click the Delete button.
  4. Click Move everything on ds### to <newserver> and then destroy ds###!. This ensures your data is copied to the new server where you'll continue to host your site.

Option 2 Permanently deleting all users and data

If you no longer need your website, you can delete the Dedicated Server on the Dashboard page. Make sure you've backed up any necessary data first, as it will not be recoverable after you delete the server. See the following articles for more information:

If your databases contain more than 3 GB of data

If you wish to delete a Dedicated Server and the databases associated with it contain more than 3 GB of data, the Delete button will be greyed and you will not be able to delete the server.

There are several options you can take in order to proceed with deleting the server:

  • Reduce the size of the existing databases to be below 3 GB (if you plan to use the databases on a shared MySQL server, DreamHost recommends reducing the size significantly below 3 GB to allow the databases room to grow).
  • Add a MySQL VPS and move the databases off the Dedicated Server to it. Once the databases have moved to the MySQL VPS, the Dedicated Server can be canceled.
  • Delete any databases over 3 GB that are no longer being used.

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