There could be many reasons of individuals or businesses, who decide to move to a new web hosting service provider. It could be quality problems related to service such as, not enough bandwidth or disk space. Or, it could be unnecessary ads or lack of customer service.

By keeping few things in your mind, you can handle this daunting task of switching to a new web hosting company.

  • Since, you’re moving to new web host, you’re moving to the new IP address whereas, your domain name remains the same. There is the term called DNS, and DNS basically stands for Domain Name Server. It maps a name like to an IP address. When you want to switch to new web host, you, in fact, change to new location. However, the content remains the same.
  • It is suggested that you hold onto your existing web hosting account active till you have attained all the steps require for transition. It includes set-up of new account and email, transfer of files, DNS setting. This is done to make sure that your website and your accounts would be running during the alteration period. It does not hurt to keep the content live in both locations just for a little while.
  • Once you identify the right host for you. You create an account on their website and start the process. Make sure you back up all your database, website and email settings. You can accomplish this task easily through FTP. It is one of the easiest ways to transfer your website. Make sure your email address is filled out properly because once the program completes a full back up; they will send you an email. Then, you can download the backup file. Once, you have file, you can upload it to your new host. The new web host will restore the backup and perform further configurations.

  • Next step is to change your domain name registration to point to the new host name servers. This task is accomplished by Domain Management Panel. You need to update the name servers and enter the names of new servers from your new host. This can take up to 24 hours to take effect.
  • When your new account gets activated and your website is all up and running at new web hosting company, then you can proceed to cancel your previous account.

So, if you are not happy with your current web host, you can change. It’s not that risky. It’s not the end of the world.


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