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How to transfer your website to another host

Posted in Webhosting Tips on Aug 21, 2018


A quick look on how to change a Web Host

  • Find a New Web Hosting Provider

  • Moving the website's files and databases.

  • Have backups of your Database

  • Point your domain's DNS to the new host.

  1. The First and foremost step to transfer a website is to choose the Best hosting provider in the industry and purchase the suitable web hosting services. Make sure not to reveal anything about your site migration news to your old host, as this may lead to termination and downtime of your site. Keep this as a secret as possible.

  2. This will be the moment where you have two hosting accounts(the Old and the New). You will now migrate all your site data to the new one, via FTP. This can be done by connecting your old host’s FTP, download all your files and move carefully to the new host’s FTP. Upload all the files which you have downloaded from the old hosting account.

  3. You must also backup the databases on the old host and upload the backup files to the new host via FTP. You must then restore your databases from those backup files; this can be done via SSH or cPanel's phpMyAdmin. Emails do not normally transfer, but you can archive your emails from the old host. You can accomplish this by making a POP3 connection to each email address; this way all the old emails are downloaded to your local computer. The new host will not have those old emails, but the new host will be able to get new emails.

  4. If you choose to move web hosting services to Scopehosts, we may transfer your entire site (files and databases) over FREE of Charge! .If your old hosting provider used cPanel, we may be able to transfer emails as well.

  5. The most crucial step of migration is to change the name servers for your domain name. Your new Host will provide you the Nameservers. You may need to contact the new host to find out what DNS settings you will use for your domain name.

See How actually DNS Name servers look like :

DNS Format :ns1._________.____ 

Once you acquired the correct DNS, go to your Domain Registrar where you purchased your domain name to make the change.

  1. Once your Name servers have been updated, the switch can take anywhere between 24-48 hours. During this domain propagation time - alert your former hosting company as to do the cancellation.

If you completed all the above steps, you have successfully switched hosts with no downtime at all!. Moving website hosting does not need to be a difficult process. By following these instructions above, the web hosting transfer process can be fast and easy. Now that you’ve learned the process of moving a website from one provider to another, Scopehosts do provide Free migration with all it’s web hosting services. If you want to learn more about how to change your hosting provider, you can contact our customer support.

Sudha KothapalliAuthor: Sudha KothapalliDigital Marketing Executive and a learner with an ongoing curiosity to learn New Social Media techniques, writes about Digital Marketing and Technology Trends Follow Us: