There are various reasons why people or businesses may choose to switch to a new web hosting provider. It may be as simple as having insufficient bandwidth or storage, or it might be because of poor or nonexistent customer support.

It’s simpler stated than done. Although switching to a new web hosting provider may seem like a difficult undertaking, there are only a few considerations that need to be made.

Keep your website hosting account open with your current provider.
It is advised that you continue using your current web hosting account until you have finished the transitional processes (ie. new account setup, file transfer, email creation and setup, DNS modification and propagation). By doing this, you can be sure that your website and domain email accounts will continue to function throughout the change.

a) The type of operating system (Windows vs. Linux) will rely on the technologies that your website needs. Choose a Windows-platform web hosting plan, for instance, if your website needs ASP, MSSQL, MSACCESS, or other Microsoft-specific technology.

b) Disk space and bandwidth needs

Create a copy of your current website as a backup: old account files for download Files should ideally be downloaded in the same tree structure that they will be uploaded in. Search for any file permissions or chmod settings you may have made for any folders or files. This is a rather simple process that FTP can easily complete.

Some free web hosts, however, do not give FTP access. Using a free Flash/drag-and-drop website development provider makes this especially true.

If so, you won’t be able to download your current web files and will need to generate your new web files from scratch. You want to find out if your new web hosting company has a free website builder.

Make sure your new web hosting company provides FTP access to prevent encountering the same issue in the future.

Create new emails using the same address:

Keep the same email addresses, including email aliases and forwarders, to make sure that communications are delivered appropriately.

DNS modifications and Propogation:

You can move on and make the required domain name server (DNS) changes after you have uploaded your web files to the new web hosting server and recreated your email accounts.

By Ariel

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