If you are reading this article, you may already be having knowledge about web hosting. If it happens that you are not satisfied with your current web hosting provider, then you would want to make the switch to a better provider for optimum performance. Clients usually make the switch for the following reasons – (a) lagging website- with an increase in traffic on your website, (b) experiencing downtime- too many downtimes during peak hours making you lose traffic, and (c) a better option available- this could be due to cost-effectiveness or performance optimization.
Though switching to a new plan sounds good on paper, it may become a nightmare for a few, as during the switch the website would experience downtime which can exceed 72 hours.
Here we chalk out the steps you can take to eliminate or at least minimize downtime while you make the switch:
- Register with the new host– find a new host and pinpoint the things for which you are making the transition. Do not cancel your subscription with the old host as they would terminate the hosting instantaneously. Keep the previous subscription till the very last moment to avoid any downtime.
- Creating, downloading and migrating backups– since you now have access to two hosting plans, you would want to create and download all your data from the preceding host and then transfer them to the new one. This can be done through FTP/sFTP applications like FileZilla.
- Move your Database– For dynamic websites which stores database like visitor information or passwords, you would need to export them additionally. This can be easily done through cPanel’s phpMyAdmin. If you are working on a Content Management System like WordPress, you would need to install them on the new server.
- Update DNS– the final step involves changing the domain name server of your website to the new host. Generally, the hosting provider does this for you without any hurdles.
- Test the new server– usually, it may take up to 48 hours for the new DNS to be functional with all your data. Keep patience and test run it when it gets active. Do a diligent quality check to see if any of your files are missing. If all works without error, your website would be loading from the new host.
- Time to pull the plug on your old hosting account– you may cancel the subscription to your old host at this point of time.
Downtime could be worrisome, especially if your website is experiencing huge traffic as it may lead to users believing your website might have shut down. It may also incur a loss in SEO rankings or hamper the reputation of your business. So, it becomes obvious for reasons stated above why your website should be running 24/7/365.
Cloud Hosting seems a very viable option for switching as it is the future of web hosting and may replace other types of hosting. You can buy Cloud Hosting at a reasonable price and then scale it as your website grows.