A Quick Guide for Moving to a New Hosting Service
Do you want to move your site to a new hosting? It’s not the most difficult thing in the world but you have to careful. You need to make sure you are leaving with a back up and on good terms. If you don’t know how, let the following help you.
Make a Local Copy of Data
Before you notify your current host that you plan to make a switch, you better pack your thing and be ready for the move. By packing we mean you should copy every file, script, Dlls, and the whole database to a local hard drive. Get the configuration and SLL certificate as well as info about your drivers, software, security settings and registry entry.
Find a New Host
Your next step will be finding a new hosting company. There are many options to choose from when it comes to finding a host. Just make sure you evaluate your needs and find the best package according to your budget. Before you sign any deal, make sure the host you opt for supports everything you run on your site.
Get Your Info
The next move is to get your domain name registration information. Visit a WHOIS site and ensure you are enlisted as administrative contact for the domain. If not, you can’t legally ask to be transferred to a new host. If you are leaving on bad terms with the old host, it will be a long battle for you. So you make sure you are on good terms because you don’t want this sort of trouble.
Move Your Site
Now you need to load your files and database onto the new hosting servers. At first, you will have a temporary domain you can test. Make sure you have relative links and script paths in the domain. Test to make sure everything works before you actually upload your site.