Checklist and Guide to Switch From One Web Host to Another


If you decide to move the site to a new hosting company, there are many different things that need your attention to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Here’s a handy checklist to help you make this transition even easier.

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If you decide to move your site to a new hosting company, there are many different things that need your attention to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Here’s a handy checklist to help you make this transition even easier.

Hosting Migration

1. Buy New Hosting About a Week Before Your old Account will Expire

If you have a month-to-month hosting account, try to purchase a new hosting package about a week before your old account will expire. This will save you from paying for two hosting packages in one month, but still give you enough time to get everything done. However, if you need more time than you need to have more than one overlay.

2. Backup

This is the most important thing to do when you move your server. In addition, the new hosting company offers transfer feature, you need to take care of it all by yourself. You will need to save all the data on your computer’s hard drive, including any directories that may contain scripts, images, or other important information.

3. Check Your Directory Path

If your new server has a different path to Perl, or another way of handling PHP or CGI, you may need to tweak your current scripts to make sure they function properly.

You may need to check the SQL paths to make sure they are up to date. Each host handles SQL creation differently, so it’s important to make sure that your script files contain the correct information.

4. Back SQL or Other Databases

If you are on a Unix platform, you can use PhpMyAdmin which is very easy to create backups of all SQL database contents. If you’re on Windows, you may need to use a different method or contact your current host to make sure that it will be saved.

5. Begin the File Transfer

Once you have your new IP-address and hosting account, you can start uploading your site backup to the new server. If you do it right, there will be less downtime during the migration process. Do not forget to upload all of the contents from the directories that you have backed up from your old server.

6. Create a New Database Account

Create a new PHPMyAdmin database account and upload the SQL database into your new hosting account.

7. Changing the config.php Username and Password

After you have correctly done the above steps of uploading the file data of your site and databases, now go to your site directory and look for the config file there you will need to update the new username, database and password information.

8. Changing the NameServer

Once you have all your data to a new server, you can change your NameServer with a domain name registrar to reflect your site’s new home.

Note: This may take up to 24 hours or less as this process is called DNS propagation.

9. Create Email Account

As you have moved to new hosting account, you will now need to create a email accounts and forwarders for your sites.

10. Carefully Checks All Files of Your Site

Make sure there are no dead links or scripts that are not functioning properly. Browse your website home page, posts, pages, images, etc.

While the transfer is never easy, with a little effort on your part, you can make it through with the least amount of hassle and the least amount of downtime for your visitors.

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