How to switch hosts without having any down time
Switching to a new host can be a very smooth process or it can be very
complicated. Following our steps will ensure that your move is a
If you completed all the above steps you have successfully switched hosts, with no downtime at all!
- The first step is to find the new host you want to be with and
join them. Make sure not to cancel with your old hosting provider, and
do not tell them you will be canceling. For the time being you
switching host needs to be kept a secret from them, or they could
terminate your site early and cause downtime.
- At this point you should have hosting accounts with two hosting
providers the old and the new one. You will now upload your entire site
from the old host to the new one. This can be done by connecting to
their ftp and downloading all your files. Then connecting to the new
hosts ftp and uploading all your files. If you choose to make us your
new host we will transfer your entire site over free of charge!
- After you have all your files on both hosting accounts you will
change your domain names dns. Your new host should have provided you
with their domain name servers (dns). If they haven't contact them to
find out what dns you should use for your domain name.
Dns usually looks like this:
Once you know what dns to use on your domain name you will go to
wherever you purchased the domain name from to make the changes. If you
purchased your domain name from your host you usually will need to ask
them to make the dns changes for you. You will tell them this....
"Hello my domain with you is ____ my username is ___ and my password
_____ please change my domain names dns to ns1.thednsyoureceived.com
If you have any questions we would be more then happy to help you, or even make the dns changes for you.
- Once your dns changes have been made you will need to wait two days
before your site will load off the new host. During this two day period
your dns is prorogating world wide, and your site will be bouncing from
the old host to the new host every other minute randomly. Once the two
days is up your site will only be loading off the new host.
- 48 hours should have passed now since you have updated your dns. If
it has you will now contact your host you were moving from and cancel
your account with them.
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