When you started your work, you were so excited and passionate to go online, so you ignored all the alerts and bad reputation your cheap host had.
The low prices and flashy website made you look past the 1-year contract you had to sign and the initial setup fee.
The thrill and excitement of building an e-commerce store of your own made you blind and now you start to realize that all those promises of maximum uptime and dedicated customer service were all just empty words.
This is why we have put together these 6 steps that can help you break it off with that web host without having to bring your site down.
Perform Local Backups For Your Website
Before you even think of sending that email, telling your current host that their services are no longer required and that you cannot tolerate your site being down all the time, you should prepare for “moving out” first.
Copy all of your dll files, scripts, other files and the whole database your website has – copy it all to some local computer of your own.
You should also make sure that you either remember or store the necessary configuration information.
Get your SSL key and certificate, if you have them, and record all information concerning drivers, software, security settings or registry entries you may have changed, as they could be different on your new host’s server.
Search For A New Web Hosting Provider
The second step you should take towards breaking things off with your old host is to find an adequate new one.
The important thing is to first figure out what you want from your website and then figure out a suitable hosting package for it.
It is essential that you check the configuration and software information of your site, so that you can see if the potential hosting service has the ability to support all of the things that you will be running on your website.
Acquire Domain Name Registration Information
Find a useful WHOIS site, where you can check if you are listed as an administrative contract for the domain name you have – simply put, check if you are registered as the sole owner of the domain name you use. If this is not the case, you are at the mercy of your old host for that domain name, and you might be in for a long legal battle in order to get permission to move your domain name to your new server.
This is why you should try to smoothly get out of the deal and leave everything on neutral terms.
Transfer Your Site To Your New Host
Load your database and files onto the servers of your new host. Try finding a host that is able to give you a part time domain which you can use for testing until you are 100 % ready to make the switch.
It is essential that you change path information that includes script paths or links, so that they can work properly.
Furthermore, if you had to change your primary user id or database name, make sure you update your code according to those changes.
Update Information About Your Domain
If the new web hosting service you choose is also a domain registrar, then this switch will not pose a problem.
If not, they should still probably be able to contact your previous hosting provider or the registrar where your site is registered.
However, if you are not the administrative contact holder, you will have problems – this time, don’t make the same mistake and make sure that you have all the administrative rights. The best time to make the switch is when your traffic is at its lowest.
Cancel The Old Web Hosting Service
Now, when you have switched your domain name and your site has been tested and put to work, it’s time to send the email to your old provider and inform them that it’s over.
Make sure that you look through your whole contract thoroughly, so that you don’t get caught in some loopholes.
Now that you have a properly supported online presence, focus on learning more about your business. When you are getting a new hosting provider, take your time and try not to let the same mistakes happen twice.
Read the contract you are about to sign thoroughly and analyze all of your web hosting options.