How to Switch Servers and Transfer Your Website to a New Host

What is your website doing to stand out among the over 900 million sites that are online right now? If you’ve tried everything and your traffic isn’t what it should be, your web host might be dragging you down.

As you grow, so does what you want out of your site and your host. If you’ve got issues with your host like lack of security, slow loading times, or incompatibility with special features you need, it might be time for you to transfer your website to a new host.

It’s not as hard as it seems, but you need to do it right. Learn how to transfer your website the right way—keep reading below.

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Transfer Your Website to a New Host the Easy Way

The easiest way to migrate your site is to find a web host that offers free migration services. It won’t do everything for you, though.

At that point, you’ll need to do two crucial things:

  • Research your new host site’s abilities and customer support
  • Give your new account details to your old host

From there, they should work together to get it done. If this isn’t an option for you, here’s a guide to doing it yourself.

Find Your New Home

Just like step one of the easy way, you need to find a new website host. Do your homework and find out how much they’re able to do for you while migrating.

Lock down your new account before you make the switch. You don’t want anything unexpected to take you offline.

Save Your Site

Find out where your host stores your website and download it entirely. Any backup files should be saved or created as needed.

Export any databases, like customer information, that you’ll need after the move. Be aware that it takes a while to download all of that information, so make time to get it right.

Notifications

Once you’ve got everything secure, let your old web host know that you’re going to be transferring websites. Work out a time period when the move will occur so that there’s no downtime or loss of data.

Let your customers or blog readers know that the move is happening, too. That way if there is a problem, they’ll understand.

No matter what, be professional. Always leave on good terms and be polite.

Your Move Website Day

On the day you move your website, try to minimize the impact of going down temporarily. Schedule the move for the slowest time of day to reduce any issues during the move.

Upload all of your files to your new host. Do it step by step to ensure it’s done correctly.

Test your site to make sure it’s up and running properly. After that, you’re all set!

Transferring Websites Made Easy

When you transfer your website to a new host, you need to make sure you do it right the first time. Following our guide will ensure everything goes smoothly.

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Disha Verma
Disha Verma is a Mass Media student from International School of Business & Media (ISBM). She lives in Maharastra, India and loves to write articles about Internet & Social Media. When she is not writing, you can find her hanging out with friends in the coffee shop downstreet or reading novels in the society park.