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Tips for Changing Web Hosting Service Providers

If your website has been up and running for some time but you’ve found a better deal with another company, you might think that switching companies will be a terrible hassle. This does not have to be the case, however. Here are some tips for ensuring that your transition goes smoothly.

Do Not Close One Account until You Have Opened the Other

The first thing you will want to remember is that you will need to keep your account with your existing web hosting service provider open until you have everything ready to launch with your new service provider. This way, there are no lapses in website uptime that could be detrimental to your business. Your new provider should be able to get through many of these steps—including the transition of your DNS—with no problem, even as your website is still being hosted elsewhere.

Choosing a Suitable Replacement Provider

Another thing you’ll want to consider is the suitability of your new provider. Some things to keep in mind include the OS you intend to use, the amount of disk space you will need, and even how much bandwidth you will need. You’ll also want to make sure that your new provider can meet your old requirements. For instance, if you were previously using VPS hosting, transitioning to a company that doesn’t offer it could come with some dire penalties. Dedicated hosting is much more expensive and shared hosting can’t offer the same resources.

Cancelling Your Other Account

Once you’ve located your new service provider and gotten your domain ready to go, you can proceed to cancel your service with the other provider. There are a few things to consider here, as well, including the equipment you may be leasing or a contract you may have signed. If you received a special rate for signing a contract, early termination fees could apply if you cancel your service early. Similarly, if you’ve been leasing-to-own your equipment, you may be forfeiting anything you’ve already paid.

There are some things to consider when switching web hosting service providers, but as long as you know exactly what you need and you keep your other account open until the new one is set up, everything should flow smoothly with no interruptions.