There could be many reasons why anyone needs to switch to a new web hosting provider. The reasons could be as simple as not sufficient storage space or bandwidth usage, or it could be due to bad customer service support. So if you finally made up your mind to switch, here are some important things that you need to consider before changing web hosting provider.
Changing Web Hosting Provider
As earlier we provided you a detailed article about migrating your website to a new host, also consider these important things before changing your web hosting provider. Switching to a new web hosting company may seem like a difficult task, but it should not be so difficult as there are just a few things to keep in mind.
Keep your web hosting account with your existing host active
It is suggested that you keep your existing web hosting account active until you complete all the steps of the switching process (ie. new account setup, file transfer, email creation and setup, DNS modification, and propagation). This will make sure that your website and domain email accounts will be working during the transition.
Choose the best hosting provider
Type of OS (Windows vs. Linux) – it depends on the technologies your website needs. For instance, if your website needs ASP, MSSQL, MSACCESS, or other Microsoft-specific technologies, then you will require to get a Windows-platform web hosting plan.
Bandwidth and disk space requirements
Make a backup copy of your existing website: download old account files
Normally, files should be downloaded in the same tree structure in which you need to upload it later. Moreover, check for any file or chmod permissions that you might to set on any folder or file. This is a comparatively simple task and can quickly be performed by FTP.
Nevertheless, some free web hosting companies do not offer FTP access. This is particularly true if you’re currently using a free Flash/drag-and-drop website creation service (ie. Weebly.com, WIX.com).
If you find yourself in the same situation, you will not be able to download your existing web files and will have to re-create your new web files. You should investigate to see if your new web hosting provider allows a free website creator.
To avoid facing the same issue in the future, make sure your new web hosting provider allows FTP access.
Setup new (same) email addresses
To guarantee that emails are accurately received, it is necessary to keep the same email addresses, including email aliases and forwarders.
DNS changes and propagation
After you have uploaded your web files to the new web hosting server and re-created your email accounts, you can move to the next step and make the required domain name server (DNS) changes.
DNS is normally taken once you have signed up with the new web hosting provider. You will require to renew your existing DNS settings with the new one – this is normally performed via your domain management panel (your domain registrar).
The new DNS will need anywhere between 24-48 hours to propagate, hence the old web host is liable for website and email in the meantime. This is why eliminating the old service should be the very last thing to do.
Cancel your old account
So finally your new account has been activated and your website and email services at your new web hosting provider are up and running, you can now proceed to cancel your old account services.