How to Transfer your Website to Another Hosting Provider

At some point, you will need to transfer your website to another hosting provider. You will want to find a provider who can handle your website. You may want to find provider who is less expensive, or you may want to find one that has better technical support.

Either way, the process can be daunting. It does not have to be difficult to move your website. The following steps will help you to cover all of your bases when moving your website to another hosting provider.

Backup! Backup! Backup!

The first step in the transferring process is to backup all your files including database files. You can use a good FTP program and download all your files from your old hosting company into your local computer.

Can new hosting company do the transfer? Ask

Some good web hosting companies can help you make the transfer for free. But some companies do charge for transfer. Do your research. Good hosting companies like WebHostingHub can help you transfer your site for free.

Manually Move your Files

Some people will need to manually move their files. Those without a database will need to transfer all of their files to the new server. Those who have a database will simply need to move the database to the new server. Work with your new web host to understand the easiest way to move your files to their server.

Hire Someone to Move Your Files

Some people do not have the time to actually move their files. You may hire someone to move your files for you. Sometimes, the new web host will move your files for you, at a cost. Other companies exist to simply move your files for you. If you know how to do it, move your own files. If you do not know how, you may be better off hiring someone to do so.

Move your Domain

You need to make sure that you keep your domain up to date. Work with the web hosting provider to ensure that your domain works with your new site. You also need to change the information with your domain provider. You simply need to update the web host provider information for the domain.

End your Old Account

Believe it or not, some website owners forget to officially end their old account. They will still be charged for the service until they do. You simply need to end the service with the company. Do not end the service until you already have your website up and running under the new host.

Summary

Moving your website from one hosting provider to another is simply a time consuming task. It can be easy to move a website from one host to another. Be sure that you move each and every file that you need. Some delete duplicate files before they are sure that they have been transferred. As long as you are sure that you have all of your files, your site transfer will be simple and efficient.

Popular web hosting providers like WebHostingHub do free website transfer. In fact, WebHostingHub is offering a "no-downtime transfer process" which means they ensure that your site will never be down while transferring process happens.
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