Migration issues

Hi all,
I set up a concrete 5 site a couple years back for a friend of mine - all went fine. He then decided that he wanted to migrate to a new hosting service so i thought no problem took a direct copy of the file structure & exported the database. Recreated a database with the same name & username & pw to match the config.php file. I also changed permissions of the folders in the concrete 5 moving site documentation.
yet, when i go to the new sitewww.www.imoticondrives.co.uk/public_html... (as i have the root folder set to home/concrete) orwww.www.imoticondrives.co.uk/public_html...
Server Error
You do not have permission to access this document.

I have tried all sorts with file structure as well such as putting the files and folders in the home directory, setting the root of the site to concrete/public_html

Another thing is even if i try to install it fresh i still get the error! Any ideas?
I should add i am very unfamiliar with concrete 5 as this was the only site i made with it (i am not a web developer i have just made a couple sites)
Thank you for your time
version 8.1.0

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JohntheFish replied on at Permalink Reply
Before taking the backup from the old host:
- disable pretty URLs
- disable all caches
- clear the cache
- put doctrine into development mode
- make sure you do not copy .htaccess from old site

Alternatively, you need to edit a bunch more configuration stuff on the new install.
imoticondrives replied on at Permalink Reply
thanks for the reply John! Unfortunately i no longer have access to the old hosting site to take the backup.. can i still do those things now? i did copy across the htaccess so have deleted that now, would i just add a new one taken from a fresh install of concrete 5? Also have deleted everything from cache folder.
JohntheFish replied on at Permalink Reply
Yes, you just need to dig deeper in the config settings to sort them out retrospectively and manually delete the files in the cache directory (you can leave the thumbnails).

(Its always easier and quicker to do it first)