Moving Your Website to a New Hosting- The Right Way

Well, you must have read lots of articles and technical blogs on how to find a better web host provider and make the transition. Nonetheless, there will be a common thread among all these different blogs and that is the iniquitousness of the dreaded downtime. To understand the actual impact of downtime, you need to have to ask an eCommerce website owner. No matter how many alerts you send out or newsletters you circulate, there is bound to be a few unsuspecting customers who fail to heed to any of these communication, but end up at your website finding it gone. If they are someone who had recently bought something from your site, it won’t take them long to report your ‘fraudulent’ website to institutions like the Better Business Bureau.

New Hosting

So the obvious solution out of this dilemma can be narrowed down into two

  • Stick with your current web host service provider. Live up with their below par services rising costs and blame your fate for choosing them at the first place.
  • The second, and the most popular option, is to switch to a new web host without having to suffer any downtime. We trust we have piqued your interest. Allow us to explain.

The concept of downtime arises because there is bound to a time when your website is no longer hosted on your old website and it is not yet uploaded to the new one. Now, depending on the level of cooperation from the old service provider and the efficiency of the new one, the down time may vary from a few hours to even days. But, you could bypass this scenario altogether by having your website functioning from both the servers until the transition is complete. This might sound a bit far-fetched, but is absolutely pragmatic. Let us tell you how.

  1. Identify a suitable hosting service to shift to. Buy space and initiate the subscription.
  2. Make sure your current host doesn’t have a clue that you are about to switch hosts. Don’t worry; we will let them know soon enough.
  3. Start backing up everything to your current FTP. Now transfer from this FTP to that of the new server. Complete backing up your settings, passwords, alerts etc. Maintain the files and folder name as such.
  4. You need to backup the databases available on the old host. If you are not sure how to do it, don’t hesitate to contact them. Remember, you are still their valuable customer at this point.
  5. When you have established copies on both your accounts, you can work on changing your DNS. Contact your old host for the correct DNS settings and use it to shift to the new server.
  6. Once the DNS change is effected, it will take any time before 24 and 48 hours for it to register. Meanwhile, your website will continue to operate from the new and old host simultaneously, thus eliminating the elephant in the room, downtime!
  7. Once the registration is complete and your website is hosted from the new host, you can go ahead and cancel your old account.

By following the above, you can shift to a new host without any downtime.