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Changing Web Hosting Companies? How to do so...

by Linda Miller26

Sometimes we are not satisfied with our current web hosting service provider especially if they are not meeting our needs. Sometimes they fail to provide one with the standard customer service that you are currently paying for, they could be expensive as compared to the other service providers, or it could be that you would like to upgrade your package due to added requirements and they cannot offer you the service. Whatever the reason for wanting to change your web hosting company, you may be nervous about how difficult switching from one provider to another may be. Don�t let that keep you with an unsatisfactory web host. Here a are a few hints to help make this transition as smooth as it can be........

The biggest thing you can do to make this switch as hassle free as possible for both you and for the visitors to your website is to leave your account with your existing provider open. This allows people hunting for your page to always find your site, with no real down time during the transition. As you are evaluating different web hosts, make sure that you know that your new web hosting service and web hosting service package combination that you select will provide you with a minimum of the same level of features and services that your old company provided. After carefully choosing a new web hosting service, but while your current account remains active, you will need to establish a new account with your new web hosting provider.

After choosing your package and creating the new account, you will need to download all of the data files that are associated with your website from the old web hosting service�s server, and upload the data to the server belonging to your new cheap web hosting service provider. This can be a simple task, despite sounding complicated. One of the easiest ways to transfer these files is to first connect to your old web host�s FTP, and then connect to the FTP of the new host, and directly transfer the data. You will still need to leave your old account active at this point, and will want to make sure to maintain the same email addresses, to ensure you receive all of the email sent to your business.
The next step you will want to take is double checking that all of your files uploaded properly to the new server, and that any web links or media files on your website, such as photos, audio or video clips, remain operational. Once you have done this and are pleased with your results, the domain name servers can be changed. Your website�s domain name server is typically obtained when you create your account with your new web host.

You can usually expect the new web hosting servers to be up and running within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. This is the period of time where the benefit of leaving the account active with your old web domain hosting hosting service provider is the most evident. Instead of pulling up an error page during these switch over days, visitors to your site will continue to see the website uninterrupted on the old web host�s server. Once the new server has taken over the active hosting of your website, you can finally cancel your account with your old service. With just a bit of forethought, you can have a completely seamless transition.
To void downtime, make sure you start the transition 2wks or so before the expiry date of the old web host providers, this will ensure a smooth transition as it allows for any delays that may occur along the way.

Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2010