Moving to a new
Web hosting solution
So, you've decided that your current host
doesn't suit your needs and you need to choose a new one. Well, don't worry - it
happens all the time. Many webmasters upgrade their hosting services once their
Web sites become popular, usually because their current hosting firm cannot
provide an effective level of scalability or technical support.
Before you move, it's extremely important to make sure you have copies of
everything related to your site. Double-check that all content, including Web
pages, databases and scripts, are properly archived. But don't archive your Web
sites just in case you switch hosts - always back up your data at regular
intervals in case you experience unexpected data loss or hardware failure. This
will also ensure that all your data is archived and compressed in its original
directories, which is very important if you want to retain the full-working
integrity of your Web site when you move.
Once you have archived your site, make arrangements to purchase your new hosting
services. Make sure that any new solution you select includes basic services
that approximate and surpass the service you where obtaining with your previous
provider. Perform a search with our advanced search utility to make sure the
companies you are considering offer exactly what you're looking for. It makes no
sense to replace your present hosting service with another Web hosting solution
that equally cannot fulfill your technical requirements.
When your new solution is activated, upload your archived Web pages, database
and scripts to the new host. You will be allocated an IP number from the new
hosting company. Take time to debug and test the new site from the individual IP
After your site is entirely debugged and you verify that all site functionality
is operative, transfer your domain name service (DNS) servers over from your old
host to your new host.
During this DNS transition period, which is referred to as the "propagation
period," your Web site will be resolved by both your new and old host, as new
DNS information about your Web site filters through the Internet worldwide. It
typically takes about 1-2 weeks for the transfer to fully propagate around the
Internet; so keep your old site running in case you get visitors whose ISP's
name servers haven't updated fully.
It is imperative that you retain both your old and new hosting services during
your hosting solution transition. You will need to check your e-mail from both
hosting providers, since some regions of the Internet will direct e-mail to your
original host, while other regions will start sending mail to your new server
during the transition.
This same situation will occur with Web server during the period of propagation.
For this reason, you must ensure that both hosting services are operating
simultaneously during your solution transition.
Once a week or two have elapsed, cancel the account with the previous hosting
company. Make sure to only pull the plug on your old account when e-mail stops
arriving from your old server.
Remember, when you're shopping for a new hosting company, make sure their
services suit all of your needs. Use our enhanced search to find a host that
meets your exact specifics. This will reduce your chances of having to search
for another host later.