Thanks to improvements in technologies, you will now find it easier to move you website from your existing host to another. One thing remains true though: despite the fact that transfer is speedy, you will still experience a bit of downtime during the procedure. The length of downtime depends on a number of factors, but in many cases, it can range from anywhere between 12 and 72 hours once you made a request for a new registrar.
With site migrations involving transfer of website files, restoration of critical databases, installation of integral software, and configuration of subdomains, your website may experience up to a full day of inactivity. Fortunately, there are several ways to migrate your website with the least amount of downtime possible.
Never ever cancel your existing web hosting service before you start and complete the migration.
This is a very common mistake amongst newbies to web hosting. While you should definitely inform your current web host about your future plans in a timely manner, do not do this before you have expertly completed the transition. Failure to do so will not only lead to major downtime, but also possible loss of database information and files.
A lot of web hosting service provides cancel plans almost right away after a customer requests for it. They do so without even waiting for the exact date of the expiration of their client’s current monthly service. Although this is beneficial for the user, since they get immediate prorated refunds, it also translates to the thrashing of all your existing information uploaded to your current web hosting provider.
So hold that call and only request for the cancellation when your last month of subscription with them is about to end and when you have successfully made backups of everything your website contains.
Get into your cPanel account to get your compressed backup website files as well as those you made for your database information. Also, make certain that your new web hosting company also runs on cPanel; this will make the transition process easier for you.
Just in case you do not know where your backup files are, here are the steps you should take:
Once you open the admin page, you can expect to see a breakdown of all your available backups categorized into types. You can choose a complete website backup, so that you can upload everything to your new chosen web host company. You will also have options for backing up specific files for all your subdomains. Although the full website backup already has these pieces of information, you should still download them just for safekeeping.