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    Moving Your Website to A New Web Host Is Easy with Effective Tips

    If you have a business website, whether small or anything personal that is dedicated to your interest or a very large site that is used to promote your services or products, then there may be times when you might be disappointed with the service of your current hosting provider and look for a change. No one would like to stay connected with a web hosting partner riddled with incompetent offerings. If you are frustrated because of frequent downtimes and poor support services, then it is the right time to switch to another proficient benefactor instead of praying for things to fall according to your business plans.

    The process of choosing your new web hosting India service provider may be a tedious task and a successful transfer is the one that moves your fully functional business site to another host smoothly and with zero downtime. Moving your website is just something very similar to moving your home to a new location. In this blog, I will share with you the stepwise guide that will make your switch swift and secure for an enduring tomorrow.

    Search for a new web host:

    The first step that you should take before you make a switch is to find a new web hosting company that is reliable and offers better services. However, determining which service provider has the right capabilities to meet your specific business needs is not at all an easy job, but the best way is to compare the services of the most top five reliable brands in respect to configurations, security, resiliency and pricing. It is suggested that you register your domain to a third party provider, so that if in any case you need to switch again, your domain can easily be shifted without any potential complications.

    Take a backup of all your website files:

    The next step is to take a proper backup of all your website databases and files from your old server. This is the step that is very similar to packing up all your assets from your old house so that they are taken intact to the new location. For static sites, simply copy the old file structures and you can use the basic FTP application, Smart FTP or File Zilla for graphics and etc.
    If your dynamic site uses databases, then it is important to import the data from your system by using any third party software that is available with the hosting control panel. Finally, ensure that the backup files are safe and your website runs with all the features and functionalities on the new server.

    Add email accounts to the new server:


    To get your e-mail accounts on the new server, the first step that you should take is to add your accounts on the new server before switching the DNS. You can login into your new account by using the information that is provided by the new host. And then set up all your e-mail accounts on the new server that were there in the previous server. Make sure to add a “catchall” address so that the mails don’t bounce if you forget to add some. Since you will have two websites running for a short time, it is good to have two accounts operating concurrently, so that you don’t miss any emails. Send test mails to check how it works.

    Move your domain name:

    In case your domain name is registered with your web hosting services, then you will require to move it. Your host will help you with the instructions that will specify where to send the user. Moving your DNS record to your new servers will ensure that your visitors will be able to find your site easily rather than having an error or misdirect. Change the DNS name servers according to the one that you have received in your welcome mail from your new Windows hosting or Shared hosting service provider. You may have to wait for about 24 – 48 hours for the migration to be completed successfully.

    Move files to the new server:

    Once you have received your login information from your new web hosting service provider, you can start to move your files and be prepared not to make any changes to the site for the coming few days. You can easily upload all your files, but while uploading your databases, ensure that you install the web apps on the new server that you were already using on the old server.

    Wait for the change:


    Once all the steps are followed and you have requested to move your DNS record, it’s time to wait for the switch that can happen anytime between a few hours to an entire day to take live. During this process both your new as well as your old site will remain functional. Once you go live with your new web hosting service provider, you can inform your former provider to cancel the subscribed hosting plan.

    Thus to conclude, it can be said that if your site looks the way it did before and you get and receive emails, then your new hosting company is your perfect opportunity to grow your business. But remember there are many things that might go wrong and your hosting partner should be able to help you with any issues that are unplanned.

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    Surely a helpful guide. Thank you for the information.

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    Very important aspect, thank you for sharing.

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    Nice article with all details. I will add the methods of migrating the website from one host to another -

    1. Transfer tool -
    If there is cPanel at your old hosting provider's server and new server then you can simply migrate your website using the transfer tool in the cPanel. You just need cPanel login details of your account on the old hosting provider's server with the IP address of the old server.

    Make sure the backup feature is enabled on your old hosting provider's server.

    2. Backupfile - If you have full cPanel backup file then you can simply upload it under the cPanel of the new host and after that restore the backupfile from the WHM.

    3. FTP
    - You can upload the backupfile using the FTP and can restore the service from the backup file uploaded using FTP or you can wget (that is download) the backupfile from the old server to new server and after that you can restore the backupfile. Make sure you have the root SSH access for it. Or you can ask the new hosting provider to perform it for you.

    4. Rsync- You should have the root SSH access or you can ask the new hosting provider to perform it for you.
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    Effecetive in reading your article.
    As I did hosting from VPS9.net everything works perfect. They are delivering low-cost solutions with high stability and knowledgeable support.They provide FREE Migration ( only in case one subscribe to any VPS Package with Premium Control Panels of vps9)

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    Absolutely correct and very useful for everyone , All the points must be follow while moving website to a new hosting, But, I was trying to my website to new hosting company and couldn't figure out some issues because my site went messed up and everything went totally disturb, May be it happened due to some files issues or support version. Then, I tried cloudways managed hosting services and I moved my website in minutes and also their support team helped me to migrate it, Its peace of mind and easy to use console where I manage all my websites myself.

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    thank you for sharing....

    I would like to move my wordpress web site from linux/cpanel to windows hosting .. any tips ?

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