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Every site needs a hosting company for their website to appear on the internet.  Often times people start with one host and stay with it even when the service is poor or more importantly the services no longer fit the needs of the website.  Many times a site’s traffic grows or becomes more complicated and the current host provider no longer has the form of hosting necessary to do the job correctly and efficiently.  If any one of these fits your situation you should consider changing your website host.  Changing hosts can be beneficial provided you investigate properly where you are going to and follow several important steps in the process.

Research potential website hosts.  Make sure they have the proper services that to host your business. Once you find a quality website host that fits your site’s needs there are several things you should do before making the switch to avoid the any issues.

Start the process of switching by backing up your entire site.  Using a basic FTP program or a web browser download all your current files including graphics, html files, etc. making sure to keep the exact directory structure as it was on your current web server.

If something happens and you lose your files, you will be sure to have a back up copy you can use to restore. It is best to manually back up all your files in case there are incompatibilities between your existing host and your new one. Make sure to budget ample time for the back up to run. You may be surprised how long it takes to back up all of your files.

If you have a database back up your database by transferring it to a local machine as well.  Make a note of what type of database your information was stored in. This can be different depending on the type of database setup that is running on the hosting company; some companies provide multiple database solutions and others just one.

Upload up all of your site files to your new host using temporary login information, most website hosting companies can provide you this information prior to your domain name resolving to the new account. It is a good idea to set up all your email accounts as well. Although they won’t have resolved yet, it’s one less step you’ll have to worry about later.  Be sure to test everything before actually changing.

Next you will begin the transfer of your domain name record. Through whatever registrar you used to have your domain registered, request a name change. The only thing that really needs to be changed in your record is the name server information. If you do not have this information, just email your new hosting company support and ask what their Name Server information is.

You should get confirmation emails confirming the change to the domain.  It will usually take between 24 – 48 hours for all the domain name servers (DNS) around the world to get the updated information that your domain has a new location. Once this is complete, you can then contact your previous hosting company and cancel your hosting contract or service.

Changing website hosts is not very complicated, but it takes a certain amount coordination and synchronization. dzine it offers top of the line hosting on our dedicated servers located in Michigan.

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