Given the competitiveness of the hosting industry there’s absolutely no reason to settle for service, load times or support that is sub-par. And unless you’ve got infallible hosting, there’s a good chance you may want to switch to a new host in the future,
It’s easy. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
Make Sure You Get A New Host Before Cancelling Your Current Contract
We won’t go into the reasons you might want to switch to a new host but suffice to say, you’ll know which features are best for your organization. What’s important to remember is to avoid downtime you need to get a new contract in place with your new host before you cancel your current account.
Decide What Kind Of Hosting You Want
If price is a big factor for you, and you don’t mind sharing server space with other companies, then a shared hosting package should suit you. It’s also a good choice if you don’t have much web traffic and don’t want to manage your server on your own.
If you need stellar performance and a cost effective hosting solution then a virtual private server could work for you. It’s cheaper than a dedicated server but you can choose the amount of space you need.
Dedicated servers are best for companies that want maximum security and speed. You will pay for this premium service but it’s worth it if you know your site is going to expand significantly in a small period of time.
Create A Backup Of Your Databases And Website Files
Before you cancel your current contract you will need to backup your website files and database and get them ready to move to the new server. Check on the process your host recommends and then transfer the files to your new hosting account via FTP. Find out whether you should archive or transfer your email account from your new hosting provider.
Update Your DNS Records
Give yourself a 48-hour window for DNS updates because these changes take time to propagate. You will need to give the new DNS details to your old host to update. After two days your website will serve from your new hosting provider.
Check Everything And Terminate Your Old Account
Double check your website by loading every page and clicking all links, menu items and buttons. If you have followed the instructions nothing should be amiss, but sometimes things do go wrong.
Once you are satisfied that your website is fully intact you can cancel your old hosting account.
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