Changing your Web Host can be an expensive, time consuming and difficult practice; being main reason why many dissatisfied customers prefer to stay and put up with an awful hosting service.
During most website migrations, through lack of knowledge or experience, many website owners end up loosing clients and damaging time-built company images, because their sites are unavailable for days or weeks on end. Another problem is loss of emails, some crucial, making migrations very expensive and even dangerous.
Migration from one web host to another is not difficult; it can be fast and safe when one knows what experts know. By following steps below you will stand a better chance of a smooth transfer.
The most important start to website migration is finding another web host, one that will not give you reason to migrate again, or soon. A whole book can be written on how to choose a web host; or by searching on ‘choosing a web host’ in a major search engine, there will be many articles available.
The steps below will give you an idea on how to start and how to avoid a lot of pitfalls.
· First, make a list of all features your website uses or requires, and will require in future, be prepared. · Make a list of web hosts who offer these features; you can find hosts in web hosting directories, message forums, or by searching on a major search engine. · Read information on their websites carefully, specially their terms and conditions. · Avoid any long-term contracts and full-payments in advance. · Ask questions about all things you have a doubt about. · Email their support department at various times (both day and night) and check response time. · You will find customer reviews on hosts in web hosting directories. (Unfortunately they may not be most accurate due to much web host guerilla activity, but greater scrutiny will often help.) · Talk to people in web hosting related message forums; you may find useful information on hosting companies by their existing or past, customers.
Sign-up an account with your new host. Upload all of your files, databases and test your site using IP address given to you with your new account. Make adjustments in coding, necessary for change in server environment. Then check each and every page, link and image on your website.