Website Migration Guide – How To Change Hosting Companies
Are you frustrated with your current web hosting company? Is your website always offline? Don’t put up with poor performance! Switch to a better web hosting company. We’ve outlined the steps in this blog post.
Sign up for better web hosting
Each website is different which means each website’s hosting requirements are different.
Depending on your needs, our recommendations include:
- Bluehost for small websites that get less than 10,000 visitors per month
- InMotion Hosting for medium websites that get 10,000 to 50,000 visitors per month
- Liquid Web for large and enterprise websites that get 50,000 or more visitors per month
The first step in moving your website to a more reliable hosting platform is signing up for an account with a new web hosting company.
Worried about commitment? Don’t worry. Most reputable web hosting companies offer a money back guarantee. This means that you typically have 30 to 90 days to try their service. If you’re not happy with their support or performance within that timeframe, they’ll give you a refund.
Backup your website
All of the web hosting companies that we recommend provide a free migration service. However, we HIGHLY recommend that you backup your website files before giving a third party access to your old hosting account.
Things happen, and website migrations are a manual process. Humans make mistakes. If someone accidentally deletes your website, having a backup ensures you’ll be able to get back online with ease.
If your old web hosting company uses a web hosting control panel like cPanel, you’ll be able to get your backup and download to your computer with a few clicks of a button.
Request your free migration
Now that you have your backup, put your new hosting provider to use by requesting a free website migration.
You’ll likely need to submit a transfer form or chat with their technical support team. Be prepared to provide your new web hosting company with the login information to your old hosting provider.
You can sit back and relax. Your new hosting company will likely complete your migration within 5 to 7 business days.
Point your domain to your new hosting company
Now that your new hosting company has loaded all of your website files to their servers, one of the last steps in this process is pointing your domain name to the new hosting company.
They should have provided you with their nameservers in their welcome email. If that isn’t the case, simply chat with their technical support team who will be happy to provide you with that information.
Once you’ve changed your nameservers, it may take a few hours for your website to load from the new server (sometimes it can take 24 to 48 hours, but that is rare these days).
Cancel your old hosting account
Now that your website is fully migrated to your new hosting company, the last step of this process is canceling your old web hosting account.
Hosting companies don’t want you to cancel, so you may have to give them a call to cancel your subscription. Don’t worry, it will only take a few minutes.
Be persistent and decline any discounts they may offer. You’ve already moved to a better hosting company!
Once your old account has been canceled, you’re ready to get back to business. You’ve officially switched to a new hosting provider.