Before you make the leap from your old web hosting provider, you should do your homework. Make sure they do the things your old provider couldn’t, and make sure they give you enough bandwidth (web traffic) and disk space to support your growth.
When you find the right hosting provider – make the transfer and wait for your new site to be delivered by the new hosting company. It’s reasonably effortless process in nearly all cases. Remember these important tips to make your transition smooth.
ENSURE YOUR SITE IS BACKED UP
Backups are the first thing you should initiate on your cPanel. With Asporea backups are free, and it means that if something does happen to your site, it can easily be restored. Once you’ve started taking, downloads make certain you keep the occasional copy on your computer – just in case.
WAIT BEFORE CANCELLING YOUR OLD WEB SERVER
When you migrate your site to a new web host, there is a period where both sites could be served simultaneously. In the first 48 hours most of your visitors will still go the same old site – that’s because not every site has picked up the news of your new web host. In some cases, this can last up to 30 days.When you’re ready you can tell your provider to cancel the service, just don’t do it too soon.
DNS Propagation is the time it takes for your new server details to travel the world and update on each name server. In some cases, you’ll notice changes in 20 minutes, but it can take longer in some cases. Even though you can see your new content, it’s best to wait 48 hours before you start adding new content. This will ensure that the new content appears on your new site (rather than your old one).
DO A THOROUGH CHECK
Make sure your new site is working correctly. Do a complete check to ensure that all the images, links and plugins work as they should. If you’re a WordPress user, then check things like caching plugins which are notoriously bad at cleanly migrating. Doing these checks makes sure your site is 100% ready for new visitors.
CONTACT YOUR CUSTOMERS
If you have a newsletter or a social site, let your customers know. And that’s especially the case if you’re transferring your website to Asporea. Some customers may have been frustrated with the slowness or unavailability of your old site. Letting them know tells them you’re expecting a fresh start and it will encourage them to come back.