How to Transfer Web Hosting from One Company to Another

posted by Dave on August 2, 2019
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Looking to switch your web hosting? You may be putting it off because you think it will be difficult. However, transferring your web hosting isn’t as hard as it may seem. Here are some steps for making a smooth transition between providers.

Select a New Provider

The first step is to select a plan with a new provider. You need to wait to inform your old provider until this step is taken. If you don’t do this in the right order, you run the risk of losing your site information before a transfer is complete. It’s essential to first get your new account set up, then take the next step.

Move Your Files

Since you will now have a site with both providers, it’s time to move everything from the old company to the new company. You’ll need to download all the FTP files from the old company’s site, then upload them to the new company’s site. This migration can be performed by the new company for free or a nominal fee if you prefer not to do it yourself.

Backup Databases

It’s crucial that you back up the old database before you close the account with the old company. You will need to save emails yourself since the old host won’t be able to keep them. You’ll restore your database on the new hosting site once all the files are gathered.

Change the DNS

When all the files are on both hosts, you can then change your DNS, the domain name server. You may need to ask the old company how the DNS is stored before changing the new one. The new company can assist you with making the DNS change.

Wait for the Switch

After completing these steps, it normally takes up to 72 hours for your entire site to migrate over to the new DNS. This depends on how many files you have in the old database. Once the switch is completed to the new company, you can call or email to cancel your account with the old company.

Best Web Hosting

Need help with a web hosting transfer? Fresh Roasted Hosting is ready to assist you. We can perform the entire transfer for you if you don’t want to handle it yourself. Contact us at sales@freshroastedhosting.com to learn more about our web hosting options.

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