If you would like to cut costs or are no longer satisfied with their current web host provider maybe it is time to think about changing web host providers. Take time to plan your transfer so that you won't lose any files and data.
Web Hosting Change Checklist:
- Domain name:where is your domain registered? - How do you login and change nameservers? - Your current IP address________ and your new IP address____________ - Your login username and password for old web host__________ and new control panel or shell access via SSH username and password __________________ - Make a list of email addresses including usernames and passwords - Make a list of databases, usernames and passwords - make a list of installed software
Checkout your new web host control panel, get familiar with how things work at your new host and to try everything out, including sending test emails and uploading files.
Change Your Domain Record
Login to your domain registrar and change your name servers. This usually occurs within 72 hours, often much sooner. Dome domain registrars can transfer a domain within 2 hours, so check new IP address often and upload files as soon as possible to avoid website "downtime".
Transferring Site to New Web Hosting Provider:
Download files: Open your FTP program and enter FTP address at your old web host (e.g. ftp.yoursite.com). Once logged onto server, right click on your main folder (normally public_html or www) and choose download.
Choose a local folder on your own computer to store files, Click OK, and watch all your files being downloaded onto your computer. You will still have all your files on server too. Please downloads can take a quite abit of time depending on number and size of files.
Download databases: Login to your old web hosts Control Panel Go to databases ( usually My SQl), and use either phpmyadmin (usually located towards bottom of page) or a similar program . Choose databases you want to download and click on "export". You will then come to a screen information about database. towards bottom of page look for; "Normal or None", "GZip", or "Zip". chose one and press download or submit. Save this file to a folder on your computer. Repeat for each databases.