People change web hosts for different reasons. Maybe their current hosting plans don’t offer the kind of features and support they need. Or maybe they stumbled across an efficient and reasonably priced web hosting company, and they don’t want to pass up that opportunity. Regardless of the reasons to change web host, a website owner must consider several factors before taking the plunge. Let’s check them out:
Back up your entire website before your move to the new host
The biggest mistake you’ll make when changing your site from one host to another is not backing your files properly first. This is because if a glitch occurs during the change and your files get lost, you won’t find them. They will be gone for good. Backing up your files is important so that when a glitch occurs in the course of transfer, you will still restore your files. Experts recommend that you manually back up your files because incompatibility issues may arise between your current web hosting company and your new hosting company.
Take the time to research your new web hosting company
Incompatibility issues may arise when moving your website from one host to another. So you should research to know if it’s a possibility. Your research on the host should include finding out the techniques and tools they use to upload files, your new web host’s DNS information and domain account information to enable you to modify settings faster when required and having your temporary URL on hand to test your website before changing your DNS.
Let your customers know about your changeup to the new web hosting provider upfront
Let your prospects, customers, and even your employees know about the planned move, including duration of the move. Communication will ensure customers don’t get frustrated when they visit your site and come across a 404 error tag.
What to do during the day of moving your website to the new web hosting company
Draw up a comprehensive plan for your move. It’s recommended that you choose the slowest day and time of the week to schedule the move. This ensures that as few people as possible are disrupted by the move. The plan should include the process of moving your website to the new host. This is also the day to test out your site once everything is moved.
What to do after moving to the new web hosting company
Once you’ve moved all your files and tested out your site, you can then change up your DNS to your new account. If any problems manifest during this change, don’t hesitate to go back to your registrar for help.
Proper planning and organization will ensure you move your website from one host to another smoothly. Have all you need on hand before the move, keep everyone apprised of the move, and the process will be smooth and successful.
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— Handy Guide (@handyguide99) 15 de marzo de 2018