I need to transfer a website from a server to another. PHP version 5.3 and joomla 3.8 so Akeeba is not compatible . Is there a similar tool? Because I tried it manually by moving the files and dumping the sql but didn't worked
It should be also possible to move the website with the "classic way"... Meaning, zipping everything in the public_html and getting a mysql dump, using the tools available in your hosting panel.
You may have some issues if the hosting is Godaddy Classic Hosting, which by personal experience, is usually timing out when trying to zip the contents of a Joomla site, especially if there are many files. But in any case, you can ask your hosting provider for support on getting a complete backup of your root folder and your databases.