Changing Web Hosts

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Make sure you register your domain elsewhere - The first time I registered a domain name, it seemed so convenient to just use my web hosts domain registration service. What I didn't know is they becamerepparttar registrar, and it was a nightmare gettingrepparttar 134445 domain transferred to a different one. By registeringrepparttar 134446 domain at a different company, you will most likely get a better price, and you will gain independence from your web host.

Scope out a few hosts in advance - Even if you are completely happy with your current web host, at least take a few minutes and have a few names ready just in case. This way if you are forced to move, you have a pretty good idea of where.

Moving To A Different Host

If you are lucky, you get to makerepparttar 134447 choice about moving. In that case, you can simply upload your new site, get it all working, then transferrepparttar 134448 domain and cancelrepparttar 134449 old site. This gives you a large amount of control, because you don't have to transferrepparttar 134450 domain and cancel until you are happy withrepparttar 134451 new host.

If for some reason your web host has cut off access to your site, then you have to move fast. This is whererepparttar 134452 monitoring services come in handy - you know immediately when your site fails.

These arerepparttar 134453 steps that I follow when I change hosts.

1) Determine that a change is necessary. Ideally you arerepparttar 134454 one making this determination. Of course, if your web host decides for you, then you have to performrepparttar 134455 rest of these steps very quickly because you are down.

2) Find a new hosting company. Read all ofrepparttar 134456 information onrepparttar 134457 internet that I can find. I also learned somethingrepparttar 134458 hard way - checkrepparttar 134459 hosting companies own forums for customer complaints. There were several times that I would have avoided trouble had I followed this advice.

3) Reviewrepparttar 134460 features ofrepparttar 134461 hosting company to be sure they offer what you need. If you have any questions, be sure and send an email off to their sales department.

4) If you need a storefront, shopping cart and/or merchant status, be sure you resolve any issues you may have before laying out any money.

5) Sign up forrepparttar 134462 hosting company withrepparttar 134463 right size package, butrepparttar 134464 minimum amount of time (one to three months). This gives you some time to check them out without laying out too much money up front.

6) Oncerepparttar 134465 site is active, start uploading files.

7) Modify any scripts as necessary. Test all of them to be sure they work.

8) Upload any autoresponders and set up your email forwarding as desired.

9) Create any subdomains, if you use this feature.

10) Of course, set up any databases. If your other site is still active, then just loadrepparttar 134466 databases onrepparttar 134467 new site with data fromrepparttar 134468 most recent backup - you just wantrepparttar 134469 data for testing purposes. If it's not active, then loadrepparttar 134470 databases withrepparttar 134471 most recent values you have.

11) Set up your storefront, merchant services and credit card processing, if necessary. Test as thoroughly as you can.

12) Once everything works and is tested, transferrepparttar 134472 domain torepparttar 134473 new host.

13) If you haverepparttar 134474 option, freeze your databases onrepparttar 134475 old site about 12 hours after transferringrepparttar 134476 domain. Disable all activity torepparttar 134477 old databases, then copy torepparttar 134478 new site.

14) Oncerepparttar 134479 domain transfers (usually a day or two) test thoroughly again. Unfreezerepparttar 134480 databases as soon as you can.

15) Once everything works, cancelrepparttar 134481 old account.

16) Depending uponrepparttar 134482 circumstances ofrepparttar 134483 move, demand a partial or full refund. It does not matter whatrepparttar 134484 hosting companies policies are - presumably you moved because they were not fulfilling their contract. This means they are in breach of contract, so demand your money back.

17) If they will not give it back (and they probably won't), check with your credit card company to see what your options are - if you've paid within 60 days via credit card, you may be able to getrepparttar 134485 credit card company to get your money back for you. This is where your monitoring logs come in very handy (assuming downtime or response time wasrepparttar 134486 reason you left) - you can prove your case using third party data.

18) Whyrepparttar 134487 focus on getting a refund? Becauserepparttar 134488 hosting company did not provide contracted services - and no one should be rewarded for failure to fulfill their contract. The only real weapon you have is your money. Demand a refund.

19) Once you've moved, be sure and practicerepparttar 134489 maintenance steps mentioned earlier in this article. You may have to move your site again, and you want to be prepared.

So basically, moving to a new host is always a traumatic, time consuming event. You should take pains to be prepared so thatrepparttar 134490 trauma is reduced in duration and loss.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets at - Visit our website any time to read over 1,000 complete FREE articles about how to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge.

What Makes For A Good Host?

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Good stuff to have if you need it

Telnet access - Being able to access your site from Telnet (command line) is useful to me, but most webmasters will never need this function. This is especially true if functions such as CRONTAB (scheduling tasks) can be done throughrepparttar control panel.

Custom CGI scripts - If you are paying for a host, then you should make sure you can install your own CGI scripts. This is not important, of course, if you don't plan on including any of your own scripts.

PERL Support - If you use PERL routines, then this is essential. Again, this is not absolutely necessary if you are not using PERL.

SSI Support - Server Side Includes are a very nice way to make it easy to make changes to your web pages. Again, you either need it or you don't.

PHP Support - PHP is a great server-side scripting language (far superior to ASP). If you can get it on a host (and most paid hosts support PHP) then you are doing well.

MySQL Support - MySQL is database tool. This allows you to get input from visitors, store it on your web site and allow your visitors to retrieve it later.

Unlimited autoresponders - I think most web hosts offer unlimited autoresponders withrepparttar 134444 feeling that they will not be used much. They always seem surprised to find that I've used them at all. Autoresponders are a great way to automate your web site, so it's a good idea to get them. If your host doesn't offer them and you wind up needing them, then you will need to purchase them from somewhere else.

Direct access to server logs - You can get along without accessing server logs, but it sure makes it easier to tell how you site is doing.

Upload fromrepparttar 134445 control panel in addition to FTP access - I almost always use FTP access to upload (and download) files from my site. However, there odd occasions when I've usedrepparttar 134446 control panel upload. Not essential, but nice to be able to use once in a while.

SSL Support - This is needed if you want to run secure web pages from your site.

Subdomains - A subdomain is a domain inrepparttar 134447 format of subdomain.domain. For example, is a subdomain. These are very useful for separating functional areas of your site. A good web host will allow you to have as many of these on your site as you want.

FrontPage Support - Well, if you use FrontPage then you will obviously need to be able to upload pages. Personally, I would just as soon use FTP, as it's usually faster and better, even when using FrontPage for site development.

Not incredibly useful to most people

Web hosts like to say these things are important, but in reality they are mostly bells and whistles.

Search engine submission - All web hosts will boast in their promotional materials that they will submit your site for you torepparttar 134448 search engines. You should be doing this anyway, so it's not incredibly useful that a host will do it for you.

BGMAILBOX and support - These can be nice services, but they really are not necessary for most people. I thinkrepparttar 134449 main reason why I would want these in a host is simply to know they are available.

PERL modules - A few hosts will install PERL modules for you. This is a way to extendrepparttar 134450 functionality of PERL, and it's not very useful to most webmasters. However, if you do find a host which will let you do this, then you can be sure you can do almost anything.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets at - Visit our website any time to read over 1,000 complete FREE articles about how to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge.

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