To make your website accessible online, you must choose a server where it will be hosted. Web hosting companies have servers and, if you have recently started to take an interest in this field, the following guide will be useful to you.
If you first understand what web hosting is, why it is important and what you need in your hosting provider to look for, it will be helpful to you. If you haven’t bothered with these details, you’re not going to get the best deal, nor the best package.
Fortunately, this is not the end of the world; people are constantly changing their web hosts, for different reasons. Some are simply upset with the speed or quality of the distribution systems on the content network. Others find the same quality of service at a lower price or more convenient payment terms.
If you find yourself in this situation, then it’s a good time to look for a better web hosting company. However, it may seem like a complicated task to transfer your website This guide explains the terminology, issues, and procedures with step-by-step instructions so that you can move forward with confidence.
- The first step to transferring your website to a new host is to join your new hosting provider. Make sure you don’t cancel with your old hosting provider and don’t tell them you’re going to cancel. Keep this a secret from your old host, or they might terminate your site prematurely and cause downtime when you’re trying to change web hosts.
- You should have two hosting providers (the old and the new) hosting accounts at this stage. Now you’re going to move your entire site from the old host to the new one. Web hosts must be carefully switched. This can be done by connecting to the FTP of the old host and downloading all your files, then connecting to the FTP of the new host and uploading all your files.
- You also need to back up the old host databases (notify the old host for instructions) and upload the backup files via FTP to the new host. Then you need to recover your servers from those backup files; this can be accomplished by phpMyAdmin from SSH or cPanel. Emails normally don’t transfer, but from the old host you can archive your emails. You can do this by linking POP3 to each email address; this will copy all the old emails to your local computer. The new host will not have the old emails, but new emails will be open to the new host.
- If you want to move web hosting services to HostGator, we are free to transfer all of your websites (files and databases)! If cPanel was used by your old host, we may also be able to transfer emails.
- It’s time to change the DNS of your domain name after you have all your files on both hosting accounts. The correct name servers (DNS) will be provided to you by your new host. To find out what DNS settings you are going to use for your domain name, you may need to contact the new host.
- DNS name servers usually look like this (replace “yourhostname.com” with your host’s actual domain name): ns1.yourhostname.com, yourhostname.com.
- Go to the company where you purchased your domain name to make the change once you have the correct DNS. If you bought your domain name from your host, you probably have to ask them to make changes to the DNS for you. You can tell them something similar to “Hello. My domain with you is _____._____; please, change my domain name’s name servers to ns1._______.____ and ns2._______.____ .”
- Once you have made your DNS changes, you will have to wait 48 hours (two days) before loading your site from the new host. During these 48 hours, your DNS is spreading all over the world and either the old host or the new host will load your site randomly. Once the two days are complete, your site will only be loading from the new host.
- Your updated DNS will be fully functional after the 48 hours have passed. Now you will contact your old host and cancel with them your hosting account. Do not cancel your domain registration if you originally purchased your domain name from the old host.
You have successfully switched hosts without any downtime if you have completed all of the above steps!
If you want to learn more about how to change your hosting provider, you can call our customer support. Move website hosting doesn’t need to be a difficult process. The web hosting transfer process can be quick and easy by following these instructions above. Start now and transfer to a new host your website!
Switching to a provider of web hosting is not a huge problem. There are a few potential problems, but nothing that can’t be resolved promptly.
If you’re not satisfied with your web hosting service, don’t be hesitant to find another provider. This guide will help you through the process with minimal downtime and inconvenience.