How to Transfer Cheap Hosting Providers
This article discusses the steps to take when transferring cheap hosting providers.
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There are several measures youíll want to take in preparation for switching from one cheap hosting provider to another. To start with, do not under any circumstances cancel your service with your current cheap hosting provider until youíve completed the switch to your new one and made sure that your site is live on the new cheap hosting companyís servers. If -- heaven forbid -- any problems arise in the transfer and youíve already cancelled your current cheap hosting service, visitors to your site will find it ďtemporarilyĒ down -- and that is a humongous webmastering no-no.
Hereís another donít to start off the transferring process for you: Donít do anything until youíve backed up your entire website. This is probably the most important step in the process and one that is all too often embarrassingly overlooked. Backup every last page, every graphic, every hotlink. If youíve never performed a backup of your site before, itís easy to do -- just use your favorite FTP program (any will do) and download all the files from your current cheap hosting company.
Once youíve got this critical step taken care of, itís time to start hunting around for the cheap hosting provider youíll switch to. Maybe youíve already got one in mind. If not, there are numerous cheap hosting portals and review sites that exist solely to help you navigate the densely populated landscape of cheap hosting providers.
Decide ahead of time why you wish to switch cheap hosting providers -- is it cost? Bandwidth? System compatibility? Customer support? Features? Plugins? Scripts? -- once youíve identified the exact areas where your current cheap hosting provider is lacking, youíll have a much easier time examining the breadth of cheap hosting offers out there for the one that will serve you best.
Donít rush into any decisions here. The last thing you want to do is hop from cheap hosting company to cheap hosting company -- if you did, then transferring will be about the only administrative duty occupying your time. Take the time now instead to find the best possible deal -- competition is fierce in this industry and you should have no trouble finding all the services and features you need at a heavily discounted price. Donít settle either -- same reason. If one cheap hosting company doesnít have absolutely everything youíre looking for, keep looking -- surely at least one does.
Once youíve decided on a new cheap hosting provider for your site, youíll need to take down a few pieces of information, namely:
-- Your domain name (such as ďthe-best-website-ever.comĒ)
-- The company name where your domain is registered -- If applicable, the username and password for your domain name registration
-- The name server info of your soon-to-be new cheap hosting provider (this will more than likely be emailed to you when you sign up with them -- if not, or if you lost it, you can find it in the Help documents on the new cheap hosting providerís site).
Now that youíve got all this done, you are finally fully prepared to transfer from your old cheap hosting company to the new one. To do so:
-- Login to the website where you currently have your domain name registered;
-- Locate a link for Domain Name Servers or DNS Information;
-- Change the information in these fields to reflect that of your new cheap hosting company;
-- Submit your changes.
And voila! Youíve done it! Easy, wasnít it?
Once youíve completed the above listed steps, itís time to get your website live online. Simply upload the files you backed up at the beginning of this process to your new cheap hosting provider. Then take a visit to your site (preferably from several different browsers) just to ensure your website still appears as you want it to now that itís hosting on your new cheap hosting providerís servers. If you notice a problem in how your site appears, itís time to delve back into the HTML code and find out whatís causing the discrepancy. It could very well be that a portion of the code simply didnít transfer properly. If this is the case, all you need to do is reenter it as it should be, and that should take care of the problem.
Lastly, once you are certain that your website is live and looks like it should regardless of browser, itís finally time to cancel your previous cheap hosting service.