It’s a very common situation when you have created a website for your business and chose a Web hosting company that guarantees to meet your needs for space, bandwidth and customer service, but after some time, you become more frustrated as your chosen Web hosting company fails to meet your needs and requirements for your business website.
Now you need to change your Web hosting company for your website but you don’t want to change your domain name. Don’t worry in this guide we will give you a detailed review of how to change your web hosting provider without changing your domain name.
Switching your host requires completing a series of actions in a specific order to ensure that everything transfers over properly.
Here are some steps to change hosting service from one company to another:
1. Buy a hosting plan
You need to buy a new hosting plan from any reliable web-hosting provider(like us) to move your website to another hosting provider. You will need to decide which hosting plan is right for you based on various factors such as cost, required space, and server configuration.
You may need to go to the one who registered your Domain name at this point and point the name servers to your new service. Some hosting services like Avonhost will do this part for you in case you’re not aware of this field.
2. Backup your website in your internal storage
When you switch to a new Web hosting company, the chance of difficulty always exists. Give your website a protection by backing up your website. To back up a static website, simply copy the old file structures over to the new web host.
To back up a static website, simply copy the old file structures over to the new web host.
For a dynamic site which runs on a database like MySQL which is used in WordPress. You can use import & export function on WordPress which transfers all of your data files directly to the new web host. If your application does not offer any such functionality, you may need to config your MySQL and PHP configuration data accordingly.
Another easy way to move WordPress sites is to zip and move everything in your “public_html” or “www” folder to the new hosting and add the following two lines into your WP-config:
define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']); define('WP_HOME', WP_SITEURL);
3. Re-checking everything
Check that everything is working properly on your website once you have loaded your files onto the new hosting configuration. You can preview your newly hosted website using a temporary URL in IP numbers. In this way, you will be able to see if there are any issues on your website and also check website speed to ensure that your visitors will get a pleasant experience.
4. Switching your DNS records
Switch your website’s DNS record to the new web-host servers at your registrar. Update your DNS information with the name server information of your new Web hosting company. If you have registered your domain name from the same Web-hosting company the process will be very simple.
Once you have updated your DNS record, the process will be updated between a few hours or a day. Once the switch go live, alert your previous hosting company for cancellation.
5. Canceling your previous hosting
Once your DNS has changed, you can test for issues and once you are satisfied that everything works great. Close your account with your old Web hosting provider. Don’t forget to delete your files on your old hosting server.
While changing your Web hosting provider to another requires some planning, it doesn’t have to be complicated. By following five simple steps, you can move to a new Web hosting company that fits your business Web hosting needs.
Contact us if you find any difficulty while changing your hosting service and let us know in the comment section below.