If you decided to switch your web hosting service for another one that means you are ready to pack up everything and move to a new home. It does not matter if you wanted to upgrade your website experience or you just found a cheaper place to stay, moving from one web hosting provider to another is similar to moving from one house to your next one in the physical world we live in. The only difference is we call it exporting.
Think about it if you needed to move in the real world you would have to pack up your things, get a new place, change your address, sign new documents and place everything in its right place and organize how you would like it to be.
There are of course steps when you decide to move so let’s list them all down.
Purchasing a new web hosting service
If you are in the market to get a new web hosting service then you are in luck. There are hundreds of good web hosting services and a few excellent. They all come with their perks and limitations and all have a different price tag on them. Also, you can consider purchasing a third-party provider so that if you decide you want to switch your web hosting service again in the near future you can do so without any complications and additional issues.
Backing up your site
The next thing you want to do when you settle in is to back up everything to the new site. You don’t want to move without backing up everything as small issues might pop up in the future causing you a headache. Do the safe option and backup all the data. If you are moving a WordPress site the transfer is even easier. You just use the /Export function and it’s all done.
Double check everything
Don’t forget that once you move there is no going back and most of the data that has not been transferred is lost. So, double checks everything.
Switch the DNS records
Once you do this you generally secured your site from losses traffic. If you don’t do this person that type in your old site will get an error screen. With this in place, they will be re-directed to the new one where they can perform the task they wanted to do in the first place. Just be careful that you don’t have a long downtime as that is a sure method of losing traffic for a considerable time.
Once you have completed all the steps it’s time to get everything up and running the way it was before the move. We hope that your new choice will bring you more business and that you will be happy. If not you can always move again!