Migrating Web Hosting - Points to consider

Learn how to migrate from one web hosting provider to other seamlessly.

Today, online presence has become inevitable for most of the business in order to reach out to a larger audience and increase the market share. Moreover, there are some businesses whose entire operations are based on the internet, like most of the e-commerce websites. These online business groups might not even have any physical shops and just operate online. They need some high quality web hosting services. Any small problem on the hosting end can cause severe impact on the overall business.

Considering various problems like - more than expected hours of downtime, pages taking long time to load, etc., you might wish to switch over to a better Web Host. However, it should be understood that the process of shifting the web host is not that easy and comes with its baggage of difficulties. In this article, I have tried to help you with this issue itself. Here are some tips that you could follow in order to have a successful and less problematic Easy website migration process. It's very important that you don't miss on any useful data, traffic or sales during the entire process.

Maintain a full Data Back-up

Unpredictable downtime is the major reason why the webmasters chose to relocate the site to a new web host. Unreliable and out-of-order hardware can cause threat to your important data. It can go offline any time and under the worst case scenario, you can lose it forever if the Hardware crashes down. So you want a web host with a more reliable and secure hardware but one should be aware of the fact that shifting over to new web host can also cause threat to your data.

So the first and most essential requirement is to maintain a backup of your website's data to secure its online presence. It includes:

(a) All static files (images, web pages, downloadable files, etc.) stored on the web server
(b) Applications like WordPress, Joomla, etc.
(c) Databases that are required to power the applications (MySQL, MS SQL, etc.)
(d) Important mails on server

You should also look for the Control Panels that provide built-in tools that help in storing the data back on to the hard disk of your computer. For example, cPanel, Parallels, Plesk Panel, etc.

Generally, the best possible thing to be done here is to have a backup of your entire web hosting plan on a remote location. If your current web hosting provider can offer you this feature, you can be confident that your website is safe and you can easily start working on the files on the existing server.

Or else, in the absence of the above feature, you can try a more manual approach where you are required to manually download the entire structure of the site onto a hard drive.

how to migrate databases to the new web host

All the dynamic applications that you use on your website are usually powered by some Database on the server. For instance, MySQL and MS (Microsoft) SQL are two mainly used online databases. All of the important data is stored in these databases. They are also responsible for all the essential instructions that helps in keeping the data well organized in different tables using individual entries.

However, it is quite unlikely that these databases that power the websites will be stored in visible and easily accessible areas of shared Web hosting, dedicated hosting or VPS hosting (Virtual Private Server hosting). Sometimes, these databases are also stores on entirely different servers depending on the configuration and preference of the web hosting service provider.

You must ensure the safety of your website and the associated database while switching over to new web host.

About Author: Leona Zoey has been studying web hosting strategies for a few years since he chose to shift to online marketing for his consultancy firm.

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