Performing a web hosting transfer is one of the most stressful events for a novice or inexperienced webmasters, as many believe it could result in the permanent loss of their web sites. If you have been researching the process, then you have probably read some of the horror stories about people losing entire web sites during a web hosting transfer. Fortunately, such terrible mishaps can be avoided with a few simple precautions.
Step #1 – How to Find the Best Host
Every web hosting provider has different terms and conditions that apply to web hosting transfers. It is important to consider these terms and conditions when selecting a new web host, especially if you are planning to transfer your sites to your new hosting account.
Ideally, you’ll want to find a web host that will help you with your web hosting transfer by providing tools, resources and support that will simplify and expedite the process as much as possible. Sometimes there are fees associated with web hosting transfers, so it is important to enquire about such fees before deciding upon a new web hosting plan.
Step #2 – Creating Site Backups
Creating a site backup is the next step in the web hosting transfer process, and many would consider it to be the most important step of them all. Creating a site backup will keep you from becoming another sad webmaster that lost their web site due to a simple mistake.
Within your web hosting control panel, you will find a module that is devoted to site backups. In this simple utility, you can schedule routine backups or create a custom backup manually. On the day of your web hosting transfer, you will want to make a full backup of everything on your site. When you transfer to the new web host, this backup will prevent data loss in the event of a server crash or other technological lapse.
If you do not want to use the utility provided in your web hosting control panel, then you can simply use an FTP client to download all of the files from your web server to your hard drive.
Step #3 – Performing the Transfer
The final step is performing the actual transfer, which will require you to navigate through your new control panel in order to restore the data that was backed up in the previous step. If you used the integrated control panel utility, then you should be able to restore the backup using the same tool in your new control panel. If you used an FTP client to download the files, then you can simply upload all of the files to the new web server.
Most experts recommend using both the FTP client and the control panel tool to create the backup, so that there are redundant backups available. It is also wise to store the backup on external media such as a disc, which will protect you from hardware damage.