Can your Web site or servers afford downtime?

Written by Domenic Macchione


Industry estimates indicate that Internet businesses can loose on average about $15,000 for every hour of downtime. This figure combinesrepparttar cost of repairs withrepparttar 134319 cost of lost opportunities and sales. For an Internet-enabled business, downtime can mean devastating losses in revenue and credibility. For what ever reason, organizations have accepted these losses, regardless of expense, as an unavoidable cost of doing business onrepparttar 134320 Internet. Most web hosting provider donít really care about uptime at all. They throwrepparttar 134321 99.9% number but donít do anything if they donít meet that objective. Did you know that 99.9% means about 7 hours of downtime a month. Image having your website take a day off once a month. If they go beyond 8 hours does a hosting company offer you nothing in return?? Most do not!! Even more scary are companies that keep their Internet operations in-house, primarily due to a lack of knowledge about available options. They believe they can manage that infrastructure better by doing it themselves. They do not consider power redundancy, Internet feed capacity, server loads, security, andrepparttar 134322 list goes on. The cost to operate your own web server and maintain it over 5 years can cost well over $25,000 a Year.

Changing Web Hosting Providers

Written by Geraldine Jensen


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 checkrepparttar new IP address often and upload files as soon as possible to avoid website "downtime".

Transferringrepparttar 134318 Site torepparttar 134319 New Web Hosting Provider:

Download files: Open your FTP program and enterrepparttar 134320 FTP address at your old web host (e.g. ftp.yoursite.com). Once logged ontorepparttar 134321 server, right click on your main folder (normally public_html or www) and choose download.

Choose a local folder on your own computer to storerepparttar 134322 files, Click OK, and watch all your files being downloaded onto your computer. You will still have all your files onrepparttar 134323 server too. Please downloads can take a quite abit of time depending onrepparttar 134324 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 . Chooserepparttar 134325 databases you want to download and click on "export". You will then come to a screen information aboutrepparttar 134326 database. towardsrepparttar 134327 bottom ofrepparttar 134328 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.

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