Tuesday, 14 August 2012

How to Migrate to a New Domain Host Successfully

| Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | |

This post gives advice to website owners around successfully migrating from one domain hosting service to another.

Why Move?

There can be numerous reasons why you may wish to leave your current web-hosting provider. Whether it is unexpected downtime and problems that take an age to resolve, poor support services, or unacceptable loading times, there are many reasons why you may wish to switch host servers.
Switching domain hosts is a difficult and stressful time, especially as you do not wish to be offline for any great period of time. We looked at how to quickly and efficiently switch domain hosts, so the impact on your website and business is minimal.

Back Up Everything

Whether it is your typed web content, coded design aspects, applications built into your website, databases, imagery, or anything else, it needs to be backed up. Hopefully the sensible part of you would have your website backed up completely somewhere anyway, however if it is not then now is the time to do so.
Depending on your current web host and where you are migrating to, it may be a simple case of simply uploading your information into the new server and away you go. However, with the domain hosting market more competitive than ever, it is also a lot more common for hosting services to have individual and unique applications, or their own content management systems, which will make this a more complex task.

Database Migration

This can be the most difficult part of the entire process, predominantly because you could be heavily reliant on assistance and support from the domain host you are leaving. If you have had a poor working relationship then this might not be too much fun.
On the brighter side of things, many modern web hosts offer the capability to copy databases easily from the hosting control panel, so either you or your web developer can do this quickly and easily.

Check The Site

Before redirecting your site traffic to your new site, you want to check it all thoroughly through the eyes of your customers, to ensure your site is ready to go. If you have simply copied and re-uploaded, do not get caught in the trap of simply taking this for granted. Check every page and function is displayed or working correctly – although this will take time it will ensure that, in the eyes of your customers and site visitors, nothing has changed.

Free Migration Assistance

If you are still in the process of choosing a new domain host services provider, then look for one that will take care of the migration and checking on your behalf. This will give you the time to concentrate on running your business and ensuring you can meet your obligations to customers.
Author's Bio: Jaguar PC is one of the leading managed VPS hosting solutions, based in the US. With guaranteed 100% uptime, free domain transfers, and affordable web hositng plans; Jaguar PC is one of the top companies in the US.
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