your web site to another web hosting company
There may come a time
when you will need to transfer the hosting of your web site
to another web hosting company. This could be for any number
of reasons, including getting a better deal, or you require
more space or additional features, what ever the reason changing
hosting companies is easy to do as long as you do it in a structured
Before you select your new web hosting company
you need to write down all the features you will need for your
web site, such as web space, Bandwidth, the number of email accounts
you require and the technologies your web site will use.
The main choice you will need to make is between
a windows server or unix / linux. This will depend
on the technologies you wish to use. In general if you need asp.net
you would use a windows server and if you require php and my
sql you would opt for unix /linux. In general it is better to
for unix unless you need a windows server as unix has proved
over the years to be more reliable and need less maintenance
than windows based servers.
Once you have decided on your new web hosting
you should order the package. When you get server access details
you should be able to access their online control panel and set
up emails etc before the move. You should also be able to upload
you web site files to the new server. Some web hosting companies
will also give you a temp url where you can view your web site
before you move it to ensure everything is ok.
Once you are happy that everything is setup
on the new server, you will need to update the two name servers
on your domain to point to the new ones provided by your new
web host. Once this is done it should only take a few hours to
propagate over to the new server.
Once this is complete and you are happy with
the performance you will then need to cancel the contract with
your current hosting company.
Changing web hosting companies should be simple
if you follow the above. There are also some hosting companies
that will provide you with a free
web hosting trial so you can try out the new host before
you part with your money.