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Simple Tips For Moving Your Site to a New Web Host

Hock Ng

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Your current web host may not be providing the level of service that you are expecting. You have tried to give them a second chance but they are still not performing up to par. What do you do next? Do you want to move your web site to another web host but are afraid that it may be a complicated process? Fear not. This is not as difficult as it seems. When I was new to the internet, I wish someone had told me more about how to select a good web host. Admittedly, I chose some shady companies that were offering low prices on hosting and got burned. As a result, I had to move my web sites from one host to another a number of times.

The first thing to do would be to back up your site. You can do that by going into the Cpanel (if that is what your web host uses) or you can use an FTP program to manually download all the files on the server to your computer. By the way, it is a good idea to have a regular backup schedule if you don't want to lose the contents of your web site. If you have a MySQL database (you will if you are using a blog) be sure to back up the database as well. You don't want to lose all the posts that you have worked so hard to write.

Once you have located a web host that you are going to use, you can upload all the files to the new server. At this point, do not delete the files from your old server but wait until the new Domain Name System (DNS) resolves. Just in case you have trouble with the new web host, you can always revert back to your working site. You will also need to restore the database by going into the MySQL administration section.

The final step is to go to the domain registrar where you originally registered your domain name and change the DNS information to point to your new server. If you don't have this information, you can contact the support department of your new web host and they will be able to tell you what to enter. Normally there are two fields for the DNS. There is a primary DNS and a secondary DNS. After you do this, it may take a while before the DNS resolves. You can check by doing a “whois" on your domain name and it will show you the current DNS information.

If you use any scripts that involve entering the path name of your server, you may need to update those details as well. Other than that, you should be all set and your web site has been successfully moved. See it isn't that complicated after all, is it?

About the author:

Hock is interested in all aspects of internet marketing. If you want to know which web hosting companies he recommends, you will find reviews of them at the Marketing Tools Review blog where topics such as pay-per-click advertising and generating an income through affiliate marketing are also discussed. Hurry, and you can get a free copy of his “Profit Pulling AdWords Strategies" report.


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