It’s easy to change web hosting provider. Just search for web hosting providers, choose one and give them your credit card details – job done! Changing your web hosting is a major decision, not one you want to rush into without feeling sure you’re making the right choices for you and your company. Let’s look at what you need to do:
Choosing a new hosting provider
Recommendations count highly, so your first step should be to ask other website owners and anybody you know who creates websites who they suggest. You could also look at consumer sites that review providers in comparison, PCMag rate providers annually. It’s important to know what you’re looking for, if you want a provider that offer free tools for creating websites then you’ll be looking at the likes of GoDaddy. Check any potential new provider’s reliability with a quick search on the internet and social media, and look at the provider’s own site for news on downtime and speed of dealing with maintenance.
The ability to contact someone at your hosting provider with the confidence that any issues will be speedily sorted is crucial. This is a key factor in making a choice for hosting provider.
Transferring to your new hosting provider
Your new provider may happily transfer your site over, requiring you to only change a few settings in both your new and old accounts. In fact, this may be a factor in making your decision of which new provider to use. If your new provider doesn’t do the transfer, you will need to download your site via ftp and upload it to your new provider’s ftp. Be aware, if your site is quite large this could take some time! If your site uses a CMS such as WordPress you will also need to transfer the site’s database. Then all you need to do is change DNS settings (your new provider will instruct you on the new settings).
Checking the web hosting provider change has been successful
Once all the settings have been transferred, go through your site checking all the images are displaying properly and the links are working correctly. You may also need to update email settings, using those provided by your new host.
Once you’re happy everything is hunky dory, make sure you remember to cancel your old hosting account!