Moving your website to a different web hosting provider

  • 10 September 2014

There are usually quiet a few reasons why people or organizations decide to transfer to another webhosting provider. It could be simply because of insufficient storage space, bandwidth, or it could be because of web hosting company's customer support system.

Changing to the new internet web hosting organization may seem to be a challenging task, however it is not that complex, there are only few things need to be considered.

1) Keep your existing web hosting account with your current hosting company

It's recommend to keep your existing webhosting account active until you've got the actions to transfer your site (for example, brand new account set up, file transfer, e-mail set up and creation, DNS modification).This is to make sure that your web site and domain e-mail accounts will be operating during the change.

2) Select a suitable brand of your new web hosting provider

Factors to consider:

a) Disk space requirements and bandwidth

b) Type of OS (Windows vs. Linux) - it depends upon the technologies your website needs. For instance, if your web site needs MSACCESS, ASP, MSSQL or other Microsoft-specific technologies, you will need to discover a Windows platform internet web hosting plan.

3) Make a backup copy of the current web site and save old account files

Actually, files preferably should be downloaded into the exact same tree structure in which you will need to upload them later on. Additionally, search for any chmod permissions or file which you can set up on any file or folder. This might be pretty simple task and also can be very easily achieved by FTP.

However, many free internet web hosting providers would possibly not provide FTP access. This might be particularly the case if you are working with a free Flash drag and drop web site creation solution.

If this is happens, you'll not be able to download your internet files and therefore you'll need to re create your files. You need to check and find out whether the web hosting company provides a free web site creator.

To stay away from running into the precise same issue in the later, make sure your internet web hosting company provides FTP access.

4) Set-up new (exactly the same) e-mail addresses

To make sure that e-mails are correctly received, it's very important to keep the precise same e-mail addresses, as well as e-mail forwarders and aliases.

5) DNS modifications and propagation

As soon as you've uploaded your internet files to the web hosting server and re created your e-mail accounts, you can start making changes on the domain name server (DNS).

DNS is normally provided once you've got finalized (signed up) with the new internet web hosting provider. You should also replace your current DNS settings with the new one, this can normally be done via your domain administration panel (domain registrar).

New DNS will take between 24 - 48 hours to propagate, that is why the old internet web hosting is in charge for the site and e-mail within the meantime. This is actually why terminating the old service should be the very last thing.

6) Cancel your old account

As soon as your new account has been turned on and your web site and e-mail services at your new web hosting provider are operating properly, you can continue and terminate your old account.

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 15:12