Switching your Web Hosting Service Provider? Here’s a few tips
More often than not, we change things that aren’t our style or doesn’t suit our way of working. It is the same with hosting. Many companies or individual freelancers try to change their hosting but face a number of issues such as low space, bandwidth, RAM, processor or simply the dissatisfaction of the client’s service.
In such instances, people think of the hosting switch as a major task. But with a few tips and a to-do list, changing providers is nothing but a cake walk.
1. Make sure to keep your web hosting account with the existing host open
It is suggested that you keep your existing web hosting account open till the transition steps are completed (including the setup of new account, email setup and creation, file transfer, DNS Modification and Propagation. This guarantees that your website and email accounts will continue to run amid the transition.
2. Pick a new web hosting provider that is suitable
Considerations involve -
a) OS Type (Linux vs. Windows): It relies on the technology of website requirements. For instance, if your website needs ASP, MSSQL, MSACCESS or other particular Microsoft technologies, then you’ll require a web hosting plan with windows platform.
b) Disk Space Requirement and Bandwidth
3. Download old account files and create a backup of your old account
It is better to download the files in the same tree structure in which you need it to be uploaded later. Likewise search for any file or chmod authorizations that you may have to set on any file or folder. This is actually a simple task and can be easily done by FTP.
On the other hand, some free web hosting sevices don’t provide offer FTP access. This is particularly true in case if you are presently utilising a free Flash or drag-and-drop website creation service like Weebly and Wix. If this happens, you can’t download the existing web files and the only option is to create new ones. So, you must make sure whether your latest web hosting service offers a free website creation.
To abstain from running into the same issue later on, verify if the new web hosting service offers FTP access.
4. Setting up new (same) email address.
To make that messages are correctly reached, it is imperative to keep the same email addresses, including forwarders and alieases.
5. DNS Changes and Propagation
When you are done with uploading the files to the new web hosting server and recreating the email accounts, you can go about and make the needed DNS changes.
Normally, DNS is acquired after signing up with the new web hosting server. Here, you must replace the existing DNS settings with the new one. This could generally be performed through the domain management panel.
It will take anywhere between 1-2 days for the new DNS to propagate. Meanwhile, the old web host takes care of the website and the email. This would be the reason why you shouldn’t opt for cancelling the old service before itself.
6. Cancel the old account.
You can go ahead with cancelling the old account only after your new account is activated and the web and mail services in the new web hosting provider is working.