There a plenty of reasons why you might want to change web hosts. Perhaps you’ve found a less expensive host that provides much of the same services you need. Or you find the technical service response to be slow, or you’re just overall unsatisfied with your current web host.
A Host transfer isn’t as easy as it sounds, however. There are several components that must be considered before you move your site to another host or server. After all, you want nothing more than a smooth transition with little in the way of down time.
A sudden transition without thinking about your options beforehand could disrupt your website and be costly in the long run. Granted, there’s always the possibility of a mishap in your move either way, but if you’re fully prepared, you should be able to ride over those hurdles with ease.
1. Back up your site
This is a vital part of your budget. Before you begin your transition to another host, you absolutely need to save and back up your site. Anything can happen during the transition where you lose valuable files, or your site on the new host will contain incompatible features that didn’t occur on the old server. Keep in mind that it also takes a lot of time to backup all the files of your site, depending on the size, so be sure to allot enough time for it.
2. Know about your new web host
You don’t want into any compatibility problems when you transition from the old server to the new one. That’s why you ought to do some research on your potential new web host, making sure that it supports the features on your site. It’s not very likely that your old host and New hosting will have exactly the same features. The main compatibility issues and measures you should focus on:
- How does the new host upload files? You will likely need the proper FTP client in order to load it properly and quickly.
- Obtain the DNS information of your new host. Have your current domain account information handy to modify changes when necessary.
- Test your site with a temporary URL before changing your DNS completely.
- Read through the list of server information to change the scripts on your site for full compatibility.
3. Let everyone know you’re moving
Announce on your homepage that you will be moving your site to a new host soon, and at what time this move will be occurring. Your viewers will admire that you’re on your toes and keeping them updated. Also, it’s just nice etiquette to use so you don’t leave your users out in the cold once the move happens. Schedule your move during the slowest traffic times in the day.
Once the move is finished and you test your temporary URL, you can change your DNS completely to fit the new host. It will usually take about forty-eight hours, more or less, for your website to completely register and go live with the new hosting service.
Sticky Web Media professionals can help you smooth out your transition to a new host.